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    Lessons Learned in the Trenches: Everyone in the 9/11 Community Should Have a Will

    By Michael Barasch

    It has been more than 19 years since that terrible September morning. If we thought in 2001 that we understood the human toll of the September 11th attacks, the passage of years has driven home a devastating truth – 9/11 did not end on 9/11. The painful reality is that more people have now died […]

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  • Firefighters9/11 InjuriesCoronavirus

    Understanding 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Awards After the Permanent Extension & During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

    By Michael Barasch

    The 9/11 community’s health crisis has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic because first responders and survivors with compromised immune and respiratory systems are uniquely vulnerable to the disease. This crisis has placed an enormous emotional, physical, and financial burden on individuals and families, including responders, debris removal and construction workers, downtown office workers, residents, […]

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  • Firefighters9/11 InjuriesCOVID-19

    Remember to Make and Keep Your Next Doctor’s Appointment

    By Michael Barasch

    Regular medical checkups, including a physical examination and mental health assessment, are an important part of maintaining and even improving your overall health. For members of the 9/11 community, both first responders and survivors, these checkups are vitally important for detecting as early as possible – and successfully treating – the 68 different types of […]

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    Barasch & McGarry Helps Keep Essential Workers on the Job

    By Michael Barasch

    COVID-19 has confronted first responders and front-line health care workers with an unprecedented crisis, threatening the health and safety of essential workers who have carried New York and the entire nation on their backs, day after day. Throughout the pandemic, Barasch & McGarry has been honored to work tirelessly to support first responders and medical […]

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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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  • Deadline Alert

    The deadline to register all VCF claims has been extended to July 2021 no matter when someone became sick or passed away. You must act quickly to register during this one-time window.

  • U.S. Restores Funding for FDNY World Trade Center Health Program

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    U.S. Restores Funding for FDNY World Trade Center Health Program

    By Michael Barasch

    The federal government has agreed to pay back millions of dollars it had taken out of the FDNY’s 9/11 treatment program over the past four years. The Centers for Disease Control announced on October 23 that the Treasury Department and several other federal agencies will return $3.3 million to the FDNY World Trade Center Health […]

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