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2-Year Countdown to the VCF Closing Deadline

Today marks the 2 year deadline from when the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will end. We have been humbled to represent the 9/11 community and it will continue to be our honor to represent you in the future. While most people see the upcoming deadline of December 18, 2020 as the end of the road, we see it as an opportunity to continue making people whole again.

We all have an obligation to spread the word to responders, neighbors, friends, coworkers, students, and teachers who might not know about the benefits of the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

68 cancers and a host of respiratory illnesses have been linked to the World Trade Center toxins. To date, the VCF has awarded over $4 billion to 25,000 people. Because the number of people with serious illnesses and deaths has dramatically increased, much more than science had expected, it was recently announced that the $7.3 billion originally set aside by Congress will likely be insufficient.

We implore everyone to submit their VCF claim before February 1st, 2019 when the awards may be significantly lowered. If you’ve already submitted your claim in full, this will not affect you.

We will be going back to Washington, D.C. every month until Congress does the right thing and extends the VCF. My firm will continue to serve the 9/11 community and we will fight to ensure that this fund remains open well past 2020.

We know the struggles that so many of you are going through. We wish you the best of health and Happy Holidays.

With deepest respect,
Mike Barasch

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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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