By Michael Barasch | Published October 26, 2020 | | |
In the years since 9/11, the attorneys at Barasch & McGarry have been privileged to represent thousands of first responders, survivors, and families whose lives were forever altered on that day. Fighting for health care and compensation for the 9/11 community has become our mission. But we are not doing it alone. Our team is Read MoreRead More
We are honored to introduce our new series ‘No 9/11 Voice Lost, No 9/11 Story Unheard’, sharing a multitude of experiences from our clients and the ripple effects from that tragic day nearly two decades ago. Peter W. shares his story with us: “I was a New York City Union Laborer during the 9/11 attacks. Read MoreRead More
The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines flight 93, the deadliest ever carried out on U.S. soil, took the lives of 2,977 people. Now, nearly 20 years later, the number of people who have died of 9/11-related illnesses exceeds the number killed on that tragic day. An article Read MoreRead More
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation reauthorizing the September 11th Workers Protection Task Force through 2025, amid calls for stronger efforts to protect World Trade Center first responders during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. First assembled in 2005, the task force’s original mandate was to study and track the health problems suffered by Read MoreRead More
The Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), a critical financial support mechanism for 9/11 heroes, has gained even more importance as the coronavirus ravages survivors and responders. Families who lose a member due to COVID-19 are eligible to be part of the compensation fund as long as a qualifying 9/11-related illness is listed in the Read MoreRead More
In the aftermath of September 11, some New Yorkers wore masks as worry began to spread about the dust hanging in the air in the areas around Ground Zero. In the years following the attacks, we found out that people were right to be worried, as more and more survivors developed respiratory problems and cancers Read MoreRead More
After more than half a year of trying to understand and battle the coronavirus pandemic, we know that COVID-19 infects people of all ages and backgrounds, with the elderly being exceptionally vulnerable. The heroes of 9/11 face heightened risk from the virus due to underlying health problems dating back to that fateful day. “9/11 made Read MoreRead More
Thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors, already suffering from long-term respiratory problems and other complications due to exposure to Ground Zero toxins, now find themselves at additional risk due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. People with lung diseases like COPD, asthma, or lung cancer or with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk Read MoreRead More
Nineteen years ago today, our country suffered the deadliest terrorist attack in human history. Thousands of innocent lives were lost on September 11, 2001, and those exposed to the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville toxins have faced a terrible health crisis that continues to afflict the 9/11 community. Tragically, more people have died since Read MoreRead More
Recent studies from Stony Brook University found that people who inhaled toxic dust after the 9/11 terror attacks have a greater risk of developing dementia and other forms of memory loss. “Scores of people who I represent have told me over the years, ‘my husband can’t remember anything’ or ‘I can’t remember anything, Michael’ and it’s really heartbreaking,” Read MoreRead More
"Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY
"If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone
"I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone
"The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired
"Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone
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.
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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