By Michael Barasch | Published September 15, 2018 | | |
New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News highlighting the needs of New York City EMTs and other city employees who responded to the attacks on 9/11. His editorial gives much-needed attention to the continuing health issues faced by these employees, who are still without unlimited sick leave. Read MoreRead More
Seventeen years ago today, our country was terrorized in ways we could have never imagined. Thousands of innocent lives were lost on September 11, 2001 as the world watched in horror. Today more than ever, we stand together to remember and honor not only the innocent lives lost on that day, but the fallen responders Read MoreRead More
On September 5, Jon Stewart was joined on the TODAY Show by Barasch & McGarry’s Director of Outreach, Ret. FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles and well-known 9/11 advocate John Feal. They discussed the importance of registering with the World Trade Center Health Program and warned about the soon-to-expire Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). They also appeared Read MoreRead More
Few have shown greater bravery than the first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. A new plan to add an additional memorial to the broader 9/11 Memorial will give these brave men and women the recognition they deserve. The new memorial will consist of ceremonial mounds along a walking path, Read MoreRead More
Thanks to persistent criticism and lobbying by 9/11 advocates, the 9/11 community and their attorneys, it became imperative that something be done to alleviate the unfair wait that “survivors” have had to endure to secure an appointment with the Health Program. Survivors include over 350,000 downtown residents, office workers, former students and teachers who lived or Read MoreRead More
Allison Meehan, a brave woman who lost her FDNY Lt. husband Edward Meehan to 9/11 toxins, is interviewed here by Shelli Sonstein to pay tribute to him and many other 9/11 heroes. Listen to the interview here:Read More
The Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor that oversees workers’ compensation claims for federal workers under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Federal workers can file for workers’ compensation benefits for all injuries and illnesses that occur “in the course of employment” and “arise out of employment.” Read MoreRead More
Breast cancer is among the 68 cancers officially linked to exposure to WTC toxins. While this is a disease that primarily affects women, about one in a thousand men will develop breast cancer. The Zadroga Act provides health care and compensation to men suffering from this rare cancer. Unfortunately, some men feel ashamed of their Read MoreRead More
As many of you likely know, I frequently reach out to the media to shine a light on issues regarding the World Trade Center Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Today, the Daily News published my letter spreading awareness about how unfairly disabled non-firefighters and police officers are treated. I made the point that Read MoreRead More
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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.
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.
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