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Beyond First Responders: The Emerging Victims of 9/11


On May 14, 2007, iHeartRadio host Shelli Sonstein welcomed Dr. Pamela King to her show, Sonstein Sessions, to discuss her battle with 9/11-related cancer. Dr. King continues to teach at the High School of Economics & Finance, at 100 Trinity Place, where she was working on September 11, 2001, mere steps from Ground Zero. The school re-opened just five months after the attacks — while the toxic pile of rubble was still smoldering — because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared the air was safe to breathe. Attorney Michael Barasch represents Dr. King and accompanied her to the show.

Dr. King, who had been a healthy, active young woman and is now a mother, received a diagnosis of breast cancer not long ago following a mammogram. Fortunately, the disease was at stage zero. But more recently, another lump was detected, so Dr. King is facing additional surgery. Because of her exposure to toxicity in lower Manhattan, Dr. King’s cancer was presumed to be caused by 9/11 toxins. Dr. King gave a horrifying account of evacuating the 750 children from the school down to Battery Park, which you can hear in its entirety here.

Mr. Barasch explained how illnesses such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, and skin cancer have proliferated among teachers and students in the area around Ground Zero. He commended the government for doing the right thing in treating and compensating physical injuries, and he urged eligible persons to contact him or the World Trade Center Health Program.

The eligibility rules for the WTC Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund require that you:

  • Were south of Canal Street on September 11, 2001 and got caught up in the dust cloud, or
  • Spent at least 24 hours south of Canal Street between September 11 and September 30, 2001, or
  • Spent more than 80 hours south of Canal Street between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002

To receive compensation, you must have one of the 68 types of cancer or another condition recognized as 9/11-related, and you must register within two years of being certified by the WTC Health Program. If you qualify by your presence in Manhattan but are not sick, you should register with the WTC Health Program to get free annual screenings. But if you have been diagnosed by a private physician, it is imperative that you register with the WTC Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund to preserve your rights.

If you have questions about your eligibility for 9/11 benefits, contact our experienced attorneys who have represented 9/11 survivors from the outset. Call Barasch & McGarry at 888-351-9421 or contact our office 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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