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Barasch & McGarry Secures First Uterine Cancer Compensation Award for 9/11 Survivor

March 21, 2023 | Michael Barasch

Only a month after the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program started covering uterine and endometrial cancer, Barasch & McGarry secured a substantial award from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for a 9/11 office worker who has been diagnosed with terminal uterine cancer.

The program previously covered all other major types of cancer, except uterine and endometrial cancer, as well as many respiratory illnesses.

Barasch & McGarry currently represents more than 200 members of the 9/11 community who have been diagnosed with uterine or endometrial cancer.

Partner Sara Director, Managing Partner Michael Barasch, and other members of the Barasch & McGarry team have for more than a decade advocated for the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to provide support for 9/11 responders and survivors with uterine and endometrial cancer.

The office worker who received the award “went to work every day after 9/11 because she was told the air was safe and she had to go back to work,” Sara Director said in a recent interview with FOX 5 New York. “She’s you. She’s me. She’s the people we see commuting on the trains in Lower Manhattan. She breathed the same air as our hero first responders.”

“After years of being underrepresented, women who have developed uterine cancer from their exposure to 9/11 toxins will now be eligible for free health care and compensation,” said Michael Barasch.

“We applaud John Feal of the FealGood Foundation, Dr. Iris Udasin of Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, and Barasch & McGarry Partner Sara Director for their tenacity in shining a spotlight on this issue.”

If you are diagnosed with 9/11-related uterine or endometrial cancer, your family medical history and pre-existing conditions will not affect your eligibility for free health care or compensation. 

If you were there in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11, both the health program and the compensation fund presume that your cancer was the result of exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

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 of all of Manhattan below Houston Street and parts of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO in Brooklyn.

For the 9/11 VCF, the areas of Manhattan south of Canal Street and west of Clinton Street are the exposure zone.

If you were exposed to Ground Zero toxins, know your health status. Don’t let a delayed diagnosis become a death sentence.

Barasch & McGarry, Lawyers for the 9/11 Community, represents more than 35,000 members of the 9/11 community.

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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