By Michael Barasch | Published July 15, 2020 | | |
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
Father’s Day is an emotional day for us all – whether you are celebrating a living father, a father who has passed, or any other type of father figure. If you are lucky enough to still have your father, one way to let him know that you care is to remind him to see a Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
Our firm is proud to support first responders and medical providers, many of them forced to sleep in their cars, after working extended shifts, in order to protect their own families. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. To date, our firm has donated more than 2,000 meals to health care workers at 75+ Read MoreRead More
Everyone in New York City has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way, but the 9/11 first responders who were exposed to toxic substances near the World Trade Center site have an additional reason to worry. Like the illnesses that afflict workers and others who were in Lower Manhattan in the weeks and Read MoreRead More
As you may know, this month is National Nurses month. This year in particular it has taken on a whole new meaning. These underappreciated nurses who have been at the front lines of this pandemic are our heroes. We will never be able to repay them for risking their lives every day to protect us. Read MoreRead More
Written by Mollie Barasch Barasch & McGarry salutes the bravery of the health care workers, FDNY, NYPD, sanitation workers, correction officers, Port Authority officers, and other front line workers who are going to work every day and selflessly risking their own safety. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and always, we are deeply grateful for their bravery Read MoreRead More
As always, but especially now, my thoughts are with you and your loved ones. The last several weeks have been emotional and trying for all of us, but I continue to be inspired by the goodness in people, and the acts of kindness, large and small, that I see every day. In that spirit, I Read MoreRead More
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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.
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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