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Advocates, Lawmakers Push to Extend 9/11 Programs, Benefits

In the months and years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a number of programs were created to address incurred and ongoing losses of those impacted. These programs specifically aim to allow individuals to recoup medical expenses paid for treatment related to exposure at Ground Zero.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has allowed first responders to access health care and provides financial programs for individuals to receive compensation for their losses. Many assumed the need for this fund would be temporary in nature, but even 10 years later, it is still necessary as first responders continue to be inflicted by health conditions related to their work on the World Trade Center site.

Keeping the program open

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) is working to extend the health care program to continue providing aid to these first responders. On April 27, Sen. Kirk met with a number of 9/11 first responders, as well as members of organizations who worked in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. The group discussed the need for the program and pledged to continue fighting for it to remain open to applicants.  Michael Barasch, attorney for the Zadroga family and counsel to nearly 10,000 sick first responders and local residents, stood along side Sen.Kirk, as well as NYS Senators Schumer and Gillibrand at the Press conference in Congress.

A companion bill to the Zadroga Act has been introduced to the House of Representatives that would extend the WTC Health Program, provide continued monitoring and treatment of first responders and leave open the September 11Victim Compensation Fund. In addition, it would provide for continued research into the diagnosis and treatment of 9/11-related illnesses.

Currently, the fund is set to remain open through October 2016, with final payments distributed in 2016 and 2017. If you believe you qualify for a claim, speak with a skilled New York injury attorney at Barasch, McGarry Salzman & Penson.

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Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
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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.

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.
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