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September 6, 2019 | Michael Barasch

I was honored to attend the annual FDNY memorial plaque dedication ceremony. Sadly, 17 of the 22 firefighters who died in the past year were my firm’s clients. We were honored to have represented them and we understand the enormous responsibility and privilege of now representing their families to ensure that they receive the justice they deserve.

Coincidentally, a new study was published today by the American Medical Assn linking long-term cardiovascular disease to the toxic exposure by firefighters who responded to the WTC disaster. Not surprisingly, firefighters who arrived first, and those who stayed the longest, have a 44% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Dr. David Prezant, chief medical officer of the FDNY and lead author of the study, has urged every early responder to get checked out, even if they are healthy. We urge all individuals exposed early and/or often to get checked for heart disease.

Heart disease has not yet been linked to the WTC toxins by the WTC Health Program but we now have medical evidence to argue that it should be added. Rest assured, my firm will be fighting to get heart disease added so those exposed early on, both responders and survivors, can be covered. If you have any questions, please call us at 212-385-8000.

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I was diagnosed with A Fib. I needed two cardiac cats and from Bally a cardiac ablation to bring my heart back into sinus rhythm. Consequently I am on a variety of heart medications as a result. Are the toxins I was exposed to at the WTC suspected of causing this particular heart condition?

Hi I am very hopeful that heart disease is added for I never had any problems with severe anxiety and high blood pressure but throughout the past 7 years or so my blood pressure has skyrocketed even as I managed to change my diet I had stopped drinking alcohol and stopped smoking for almost 5 years but even with my diet change my numbers were off the roof. On my next physical I will make sure this is documented as well with the other anatomical and physiological problems that i’ve noticed have worsened. So I’m really thankful for the constant updates and I have full faith in your firms dedication to helping the families of those not here and the ones like myself that struggles everyday and have also become a statistic of the opioid crisis. May the Lord Bless All You Guys that are constantly aware that the tragedy happened 18 years ago in just a few days but the survivors like myself still have to go on with our daily lives and struggles to make it through the day everyday we’re blessed to wake up in the mornings. Keep up the fight as myself and others I know are doing on a daily basis. Our lives have changed dramatically but knowing that we have you and your firm on our side helps ease the reality that we gave so much and others everything and the city can’t even come to grips with the reality that we the survivors are still here and need help in overcoming the mental and physical problems we must face. That is why your firm is looked upon as our guardian angels and the voice for the ones that unfortunately are no longer with us. Let’s keep up the fight so that the deceased and the survivors of that tragedy will never be forgotten. May God Bless All Those Who Partook Action On That Horrible Day!!!

In January 2018 I underwent heart surgery. There’s no doubt that that the upper respiratory and sleep apnea conditions I sustained as a result I my long term exposure to the toxic environment at the WTC disaster site played a significant role in me developing heart the problems which lead to the surgery. There is a correlation between many cardiac conditions responders are suffering from with the other WTC Health Program presumed conditions. I am extremely optimistic that someday the correlation will be made.
Never Forget. I won’t.

Thank you for this critical information. As always, I appreciate your compassion, tireless efforts and perseverance to fight for 9/11 First Responders and civilian victims who have passed and the many who are sadly suffering from the effects of that most horrific day in our history.
I am extremely grateful to you and staff for your dedication to the 9/11 First Responder community. I will continue to forward your updates.
God bless you and your staff.
Deborah McLaughlin
NYPD (Ret.)
9/11 First Responder

Not that I want to hear this not so good news, but Thank you for the update and please continue to keep me in the loop. If this condition is added to the 911 Medical listing will there hopefully be additional compensation monies awarded to those who already received an award?

Mike thx my name is Rich Smulczeski Lieutenant FDNY ret I was at WTC from 10:30 am on 9/11 to 8:30am on 9/12 and many days after I was retired from FDNY in 2012 on the heart bill: I had quadruple by-pass surgery, 4 heart stints in 2016 and treated with an ablation for irregular heart beats. I am in your program and was paid for barrettes esophagus. Please keep me informed as to heart disease inclusion. Thank you so much for what you and your associates are doing for firefighters and others with WTC related problems.

Hello Mike, John Beck here one of your clients.
Thank you for all you do for the WTC community. Hopefully like you said the WTC health program recognizes this condition. Because right now i have hypertension that they are not recognizing or paying for. All the Best

Thank you Mike …..For a long time nowI have had heart issues like a lower than normal ejection fraction ( EF) and a slightly enlarged heart . I take a number of medications to control these problems and never realized it might be connected to my being on the pile at Ground Zero st the WTC .

Hi Mike, I am not surprised that science confirmed what I have experienced for several years already. I hade to go to the the NYU cardiologist and be checked for heart condition, take medication and now recently had an city scan done and I have an appointment to see a cardiologist again.

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