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9/11 Illness Is Second Most Common Cause of NYPD Line-of-Duty Death

Although law enforcement on Manhattan Island began with Dutch settlers in 1625, the New York City Police Department as an entity dates back to 1845. In the 170 years of its existence, thousands of men and women have served honorably in the rank and file of the NYPD, facing numerous dangers. Yet, the greatest historical threat to life in the ranks of the NYPD exists today, not in the form of violent crime, rioting or natural disasters, but from the lingering effects of toxic exposure from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Officer Down Memorial Page is a website dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty. According to the NYPD page on the site, 9/11-related illness is second all-time among causes of line-of-duty death. As of December 14h, 2015, the top five cause of death listed were:

  • Gunfire: 326
  • 9/11-related illness: 85
  • Automobile accident: 52
  • Heart attack: 45
  • Struck by vehicle: 38

With hundreds of NYPD officers enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, receiving disease screenings or treatment, that number is likely to grow. At Barasch & McGarry, our attorneys understand the scope of this crisis. That’s why we actively campaign for a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act. The official motto of the NYPD is Fidelis Ad Mortem, Latin for “faithful unto death.” We believe our officers’ fidelity should be repaid.

If you have questions about your eligibility for Zadroga Act benefits for 9/11-related illness, call our law firm at 888-351-9421 or contact our office online.

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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.

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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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