Nineteen years ago today, our country suffered the deadliest terrorist attack in human history. Thousands of innocent lives were lost on September 11, 2001, and those exposed to the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville toxins have faced a terrible health crisis that continues to afflict the 9/11 community.
Tragically, more people have died since 9/11 from their World Trade Center exposure than died on 9/11. As a firm, this has affected us personally and deeply. Today we mourn the loss of co-workers, friends, and clients, and we renew our commitment to support the loved ones they left behind, and to live each day with them in our hearts.
We also pledge to continue our fight for those battling 9/11 illnesses. Over 14,000 people have been certified by the WTC Health Program with one or more of the 68 cancers and tens of thousands have been certified for respiratory illnesses linked to the WTC toxins. Last summer, the government recognized our nation’s obligation to stand by those survivors, by fully funding the Victim Compensation Fund. It will serve the 9/11 community for the next 70 years, as will the WTC Health Program. Please spread the word to your former co-workers, colleagues, classmates and neighbors, that the DEADLINE for a family to register a claim for the loss of a loved one has been extended to July 29, 2021. Please don’t let anyone miss this deadline. If you or anyone you know had cancer or lost a family member more than two years ago due to a 9/11-related illness, you can still register.
The strength and unity of the 9/11 community is ever present. Throughout these 19 years, you have helped us to shine a light on this health crisis in big and small ways, by sharing emails like this, by reaching out to family and friends, by showing up to events, and by standing by one another through it all.
Today more than ever, we implore everyone to stay safe through this global pandemic. Those in the 9/11 community are more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 due to their compromised immune systems.
It is our honor to represent the 9/11 community. Please watch our 9/11 tribute video which honors that day, the nineteen years following, and discusses the critical upcoming deadlines.
With sincere respect and warm regards,
The attorneys and staff at Barasch & McGarry
"Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you."
- William Collins, FDNY
"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
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.
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.