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9/11 First Responders At Greater Risk Of Developing Dementia

Recent studies from Stony Brook University found that people who inhaled toxic dust after the 9/11 terror attacks have a greater risk of developing dementia and other forms of memory loss. “Scores of people who I represent have told me over the years, ‘my husband can’t remember anything’ or ‘I can’t remember anything, Michael’ and it’s really heartbreaking,” Read More

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Dealing With a Diagnosis of 9/11-Related Skin Cancer

People who contracted skin cancer due to exposure to the toxic atmosphere around Ground Zero after 9/11 — such as firefighters, police officers, downtown residents, workers, students, teachers and many others — can receive lifetime health care from the World Trade Center Health Program for both non-melanoma and melanoma types of cancer. The WTCHP covers Read More

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A Year Ago: President Trump Signs VCF Bill into Law

A year ago today, I was honored to be invited to the White House, along with my partner Lee London and Ret. FDNY Deputy Chief Richie Alles, to witness the historic signing of the law which fully funded and permanently extended the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. In addition to the legislators who sponsored the bill, Read More

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A Year Ago Today: Senate Votes to Permanently Extend the VCF

A year ago today, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act. Over a dozen attorneys and staff from our firm, all who had lobbied for months for the passage of this legislation, were present in the Senate chambers to witness this historic vote. It really took a Read More

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If You Are a 9/11 Survivor Anxious About COVID-19, You Are Not Alone

Physical injuries and illnesses are not the only scars carried by 9/11 responders and survivors. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which in 2001 was much less well understood than it is today, has afflicted many in the 9/11 community. The current coronavirus pandemic is causing the anxiety and depression felt by many PTSD sufferers to flare Read More

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Mission Accomplished! 50,000 Masks and 2,500 Meals Donated by July 4th

On America’s 244th birthday, we have so much to be grateful for. We are proud to announce that we have reached our goal of 50,000 masks and 2,500 meals donated by July 4th. Since March, while all of us were working remotely, we were able to help thousands of frontline responders and health care workers Read More

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WTC Health Program Adapting to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Nearly two decades after the events of September 11, 2001, the effects are still felt, physically and emotionally, by those who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the many health complications affecting the lives of these heroes. The World Trade Center Health Program, which provides medical Read More

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Happy Father’s Day: Mike Barasch Speaks About His Own Dad, the Current Health Crisis & the Importance of Taking Care of Each Other

Father’s Day is an emotional day for us all – whether you are celebrating a living father, a father who has passed, or any other type of father figure. If you are lucky enough to still have your father, one way to let him know that you care is to remind him to see a Read More

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Coping With Events That Trigger Memories of 9/11

Watching a disaster unfold either in real life or on television can be tough for many 9/11 responders and survivors, and we’ve had our share recently. For those of you looking for somebody to talk to, below are some resources. World Trade Center Health Program If you’re looking to begin long term care for your Read More

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How Do I File a Claim If I’ve Changed My Name Since 2001 or After I Filed My Claim?

Many 9/11 responders and survivors went through major life changes after the attacks, and those changes may have include getting married or experiencing other life events that resulted in a legal name change. The VCF will accept claims under your new name, but requires some proof of the change. If your name is now different 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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