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Who Can Submit a Claim on Behalf of a Deceased Responder or Survivor?

In most cases, the families of individuals who are incapacitated or deceased as a result of a VCF-eligible condition are able to file a claim on the victim’s behalf. Regardless of their family relationship to the victim, however, people filing a claim on behalf of a deceased victim must prove that they have the legal Read More

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What is the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program? What is the Process of Getting Certified?

The WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for 9/11 related conditions. To get certified, you must first enroll in the program and provide one proof of presence affidavit or other presence document as well as pathology reports or medical records related to your 9/11 condition. To find out if your condition is 9/11 Read More

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Am I Waiving My Right to Participate in Future Lawsuits if I Register With the VCF? Do I Waive My Rights in the Future if I Am Awarded Compensation From the VCF?

Registering for the VCF does not require you to waive any rights, and we encourage anybody who was below Canal Street on or after 9/11 to do that now, whether or not they are sick. It’s quick and easy to do. Just go to www.VCF.gov and click on the menu item that says “Register.” From Read More

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What Conditions Does the WTC Health Program Cover?

The World Trade Center Health Program covers a specific list of conditions for both Responders and Survivors. For survivors, diagnosis with one of these conditions, either through the program or by a private doctor, is necessary in order to participate in the program. Here’s the list of conditions: Physical Health Conditions: Interstitial lung diseases Chronic Read More

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News 12 Covers Barasch & McGarry Mask and Lunch Donation Program

Our firm is proud to support first responders and medical providers, many of them forced to sleep in their cars, after working extended shifts, in order to protect their own families.  We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.  To date,  our firm has donated more than 2,000 meals to health care workers at 75+ Read More

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Coronavirus Raises Added Concerns for 9/11 First Responders

Everyone in New York City has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way, but the 9/11 first responders who were exposed to toxic substances near the World Trade Center site have an additional reason to worry. Like the illnesses that afflict workers and others who were in Lower Manhattan in the weeks and Read More

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Do You Have to Be a U.S. Citizen to Apply to the VCF?

New York City is incredibly diverse, so it’s no surprise that many people who contributed to the WTC rescue and clean-up efforts, as well as many members of the lower Manhattan community, were originally from somewhere else. Among the thousands of people who were exposed to the air downtown during the WTC clean-up are many Read More

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What is the WTC Health Registry and How is it Different From the WTC Health Program?

Many of the people in the 9/11 Community tell us that they have already registered in the WTC Health Program when they are actually registered in the WTC Registry. The WTC Health Registry is a health study that was established in 2002 by the NYC Department of Health to monitor the health of people directly Read More

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The Nurses Are Our Heroes

As you may know, this month is National Nurses month. This year in particular it has taken on a whole new meaning. These underappreciated nurses who have been at the front lines of this pandemic are our heroes. We will never be able to repay them for risking their lives every day to protect us. Read More

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How Long Will It Take My Claim to Be Paid?

This depends. The VCF generally prioritizes claims on the basis of when they received them, meaning they try to address older claims first before moving onto newer ones. The process is sometimes expedited, however, when the victim is critically ill or destitute. If you or a loved one is suffering from a critical illness related Read More

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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