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Among First Responders, 9/11-Related Deaths Are Rising Rapidly

More than 18 years after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the death toll continues to rise. Dangerous substances that filled the air around Ground Zero have triggered cancer and other fatal illnesses in first responders and in recovery workers who worked around the clock to clear the damage. Despite the fact that this trend shows no sign of slowing, federal funds available under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act will run out at the end of 2020 unless a new authorization is passed by Congress.

In the last four months of 2018 alone, 40 deaths were traced to exposure that uniformed and non-uniformed workers experienced around Ground Zero. In each of the previous two years, the number of annual fatalities exceeded 150. Whatever their specific roles might have entailed, workers should be aware of:

  • Connection to cancer and respiratory diseases — At least 68 types of cancer have been linked to the dangerous substances found at the World Trade Center site. Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory problems are also covered by the Zadroga Act when a 9/11 connection is shown.
  • Compensation — Originally, the Victim Compensation Fund closed in 2004, but the post-9/11 illnesses suffered by thousands of people who were in the exposure zone led to reauthorization that covers people who were in the area through May 30, 2002.
  • Medical monitoring — Many of the conditions associated with work at Ground Zero take many years, or even decades, to show symptoms. Many first responders are eligible for medical monitoring so that any potentially dangerous problem can be identified and treated as quickly as possible.

Sadly, in many cases, the harm that was done cannot be reversed, but a lawyer familiar with Zadroga Act claims can help you understand the eligibility requirements and the amount that might be available given the specific circumstances.

At Barasch & McGarry, we have led the way on securing compensation for victims of 9/11-related illnesses and their families, guiding them through the often complicated process of obtaining a measure of relief. We keep clients apprised of the related developments related to the Victim Compensation Fund and medical evidence that finds links between WTC first responders and various medical conditions. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney dedicated to your well-being, please call 888-351-9421 or contact us 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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