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78 Ground Zero Cleanup Workers Settle Claims

A federal judge recently approved settlements brought forth by 78 different workers who helped to clean up the debris at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The workers all suffered from a variety of conditions caused by the toxic dust floating in the air after buildings in the area collapsed.

The plaintiffs had sued 345 different building tenants, owners and contractors, as well as various other stakeholders, for compensation for their conditions, which included various respiratory afflictions (such as asthma), dizziness and more.

No terms of the settlement were released after the judge’s decision. However, approximately one third of the original set of plaintiffs, who number more than 1,000, have now settled their cases. There are still about 500 plaintiffs left who are awaiting their day in court.

Long-lasting impacts

For many people who were exposed to the toxins in the air at Ground Zero, these health conditions do not actually manifest themselves until many years after the fact. This is especially true for respiratory conditions and certain types of cancers, which can have a long latency period. For this reason, there are still many brand new cases coming to light involving people whose conditions were initially caused by exposure in the days and weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

Individuals who have injuries or illnesses caused by such exposure may be able to benefit from compensation under the Zadroga Act. For more information on whether you qualify for benefits, speak with an experienced New York lawyer at Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson today.

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  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • 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.

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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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