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A Year Ago Today: Senate Votes to Permanently Extend the VCF
A year ago today, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act. Over a dozen attorneys and staff from our firm, all who had lobbied for months for the passage of this legislation, were present in the Senate chambers to witness this historic vote.
It really took a village to pass this legislation. On behalf of our clients James Zadroga and Caryn Pfeifer (wife of Ray Pfeifer), and to Luis Alvarez with whom we walked the halls of Congress, we would like to once again acknowledge the many people who worked together to ensure the passage of this bi-partisan legislation. It never would have passed but for the relentless advocacy of the police and firefighter unions, as well as the FealGood Foundation army of volunteers. And, of course, it never would have passed but for our hero and 9/11 advocate Jon Stewart.
While the extension was a huge relief for the entire 9/11 Community, the lawyers and staff at our firm continue to be heartbroken over the explosion of 9/11-related cancers and deaths—which the passage of this legislation certainly has not stopped. But, at least it ensured that everyone who was impacted by the Victim Compensation Fund’s policy reductions was made whole, and that anyone who is sickened in the future will receive full compensation for their illnesses and lost income.
We hope you enjoy this short video honoring that memorable day in the Senate.
It is an honor to represent the 9/11 Community and to stand by your side.
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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.
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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.