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Attorney Michael Barasch Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article about 9/11 Compensation Fund

On April 8th, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Fund to Give More Than $1 Billion to Ailing Sept. 11 Workers.” In the article, writer Derek Kravitz discusses the congressional fund that was created to compensate first responders and workers who have suffered health complications due to inhaling toxic substances during the September 11th relief effort. The $2.8 billion fund was created in January 2011 with the expectation of compensating approximately 34,000 people. So far, 10,549 have been approved, with more coming forward all the time.

Attorney Michael Barasch of Barasch & McGarry was interviewed for the article:

Many victims are only now coming forward with health claims, which could exhaust the fund in future years, said Michael Barasch, managing partner of New York-based Barasch & McGarry, which represents roughly 1,000 Sept. 11 first responders and workers with cancer diagnoses.

“We could hit 20,000 claims and there won’t be enough money for everyone,” Mr. Barasch said. “I get calls every week from people, mostly young men, saying their asthma has turned into lung cancer.”

Mr. Barasch has more than 20 years of experience handling complicated personal injury and medical malpractice claims, with a special focus on helping people harmed after September 11th. Along with the experienced and dedicated team of legal professionals at Barasch & McGarry, we fight for compensation for injury victims and their families throughout New York City. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 888-351-9421 or contact us online today.

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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.

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