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9/11 Community Includes Lower Manhattan Retail Workers

July 19, 2023 | Michael Barasch

Located at 42 Trinity Place in Lower Manhattan, Syms provided affordable yet stylish clothing to its customers for generations.

Unfortunately, workers and managers at this Syms retail store were only a few blocks away from the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001 and in the eight months that followed – exposed to Ground Zero toxins increasing their risk of 69 different types of cancer and many respiratory illnesses.

Barasch & McGarry represents dozens of people who worked at Syms and other retail stores in Lower Manhattan on and after 9/11.

If you were there, you are eligible to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), even if you are currently healthy.

Ads for Syms noted that, “an educated consumer is our best customer.”

Get the facts on your rights as a 9/11 survivor.

Know that if you are diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness, your family medical history and pre-existing conditions will not affect your eligibility for free health care or compensation. 

If you were there in Lower Manhattan, the government presumes your cancer was the result of exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

If you are diagnosed with any 9/11-related cancer or respiratory illness, Barasch & McGarry can help you access resources through the free World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the 9/11 VCF.

The free health program provides comprehensive medical care to 9/11 victims for their 9/11-related illnesses.

The victim fund offers tax-free awards for pain and suffering, lost earnings, and benefits for surviving spouses and family members.

For the WTC Health Program, the exposure zone consists of all of Manhattan below Houston Street and parts of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO in Brooklyn.

For the 9/11 VCF, the exposure zone includes the area of Manhattan south of Canal Street and west of Clinton Street.

If you were exposed to Ground Zero toxins, you should know your health status. An early diagnosis could save your life.

Barasch & McGarry, Lawyers for the 9/11 Community, represents more than 35,000 members of the 9/11 community.

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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