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Winter COVID-19 Safety Precautions for the 9/11 Community

As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, we will soon be in the middle of winter in the New York City region, home to hundreds of thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors whose immune and respiratory systems are uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19 – particularly severe cases of the disease. To protect yourself and Read More

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Tips for Safely Celebrating the Holiday Season

Today we are celebrating the Holiday Season in ways we never could have anticipated last year at this time. With travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19 and many states – including New York – limiting the size of indoor gatherings, “home for the holidays” has taken a different meaning for many families. Read More

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Remembering our Vets and First Responders

On this Veterans Day, once again, we honor the men and women who have served our wonderful country. As the son of a proud WWII Army veteran, my father Marvin and my uncle Norman taught me how important it is to recognize and thank those who protect our nation and whose sacrifices and service make Read More

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Watch our Webinars

Barasch & McGarry has been attending and hosting many webinars. We have seen enormous success in reaching as many people as possible to spread the word about the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund. We have found webinars to be a fantastic tool to continue speaking with the 9/11 community despite the Read More

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9/11 Didn’t End on 9/11

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 More

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If You Are a 9/11 Survivor Anxious About COVID-19, You Are Not Alone

Physical injuries and illnesses are not the only scars carried by 9/11 responders and survivors. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which in 2001 was much less well understood than it is today, has afflicted many in the 9/11 community. The current coronavirus pandemic is causing the anxiety and depression felt by many PTSD sufferers to flare Read More

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Mission Accomplished! 50,000 Masks and 2,500 Meals Donated by July 4th

On America’s 244th birthday, we have so much to be grateful for. We are proud to announce that we have reached our goal of 50,000 masks and 2,500 meals donated by July 4th. Since March, while all of us were working remotely, we were able to help thousands of frontline responders and health care workers Read More

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Like 9/11 Responders, COVID-19 Frontline Workers Deserve a Victim Compensation Fund

Every day we hear stories about how today’s heroes — doctors, nurses, government service providers, cleaning crews, grocery store clerks and other “essential” workers — risk their health to make sure the rest of us can be as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. But we hear other stories, too, about how some of Read More

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Former New York Governor Criticizes Coronavirus Response

George Pataki could not have anticipated that the release of his new book, which looks back at the post-9/11 political climate, would occur in the middle of another world-changing event, the COVID-19 pandemic. The book, released in April, and his virtual book tour have drawn the former New York governor into the conversation about the Read More

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  • "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

  • 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.

    Register For Compensation

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.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

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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