Today, January 2, marks the thirteenth anniversary of the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010,” named in honor of hero NYPD Detective James Zadroga, a Barasch & McGarry client.
The act established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and reactivated the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), providing free health care and compensation to responders and survivors who are diagnosed with cancer or respiratory illness as a result of their exposure to toxins at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The law was reauthorized and extended in 2015 and 2019.
Barasch & McGarry has recovered more than $3 billion in awards for nearly 40,000 9/11 victims, more than any other law firm in the country.
If you were there, you have the right to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. And, if you are diagnosed with any Ground Zero-related illness, you have the right to enroll in the free World Trade Center Health Program.
If you are diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness, your personal and family medical history does not affect your eligibility for free health care or compensation – the government presumes your illness was the result of exposure to toxins.
Through the health program, 9/11 responders and survivors have access to free, comprehensive medical care for their 9/11-related illnesses.
The victim fund offers tax-free awards for pain and suffering, lost earnings, and benefits for surviving spouses and family members.
For the WTC Health Program, the exposure zone includes all of Manhattan below Houston Street and parts of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO in Brooklyn.
For the 9/11 VCF, the exposure zone includes the area of Manhattan south of Canal Street and west of Clinton Street.
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