By Michael Barasch | Published December 8, 2020 | | |
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, Read MoreRead More
After many months of medical offices in the New York City region and across the United States being closed for all but emergency procedures, doctors and nurses are now seeing patients for regular checkups. It is critical that everyone in the 9/11 community returns to see their doctors for their annual visits. Some examples of Read MoreRead More
Let me begin by acknowledging the Coronavirus health crisis and expressing my sincere hope that you are taking good care of yourself. I am very concerned about the 9/11 community. You are among the most vulnerable since many of you have serious respiratory illnesses and cancers. Please follow the recommendations from the CDC and, as Read MoreRead More
Written by: Richie Alles Many people seem to forget that New York’s World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists not once but twice. The first time was in 1993, in what seemed to be a more innocent era. Simply stated, we as Americans didn’t want to think about terrorism on our own shores. I believe Read MoreRead More
Tune in to hear Ret. FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles join podcast host Brian Kirsch of 40lexstudios as they launch the first episode of a new podcast titled ‘Generation: 9/11.’ The podcast was created to share stories of those who were affected by their exposure to the toxic dust from 9/11 and the months that Read MoreRead More
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I was honored to be invited to address 55,000 participants at the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park this past Sunday. I’m proud to have played a small part in the $2.3 million that was raised that day to fund research that helps prevent, detect, and Read MoreRead More
To those who attended our 9/11 Informational Seminar, thank you for taking the time out of your busy days to learn about your rights as a 9/11 survivor. As Jon Stewart, Senator Gillibrand, and many of the speakers so eloquently stated, these programs are yours. Use them. We are thrilled that so many of you Read MoreRead More
Today, August 18, 2017, marks the 10th Anniversary of the Deutsche Bank fire that tragically took the lives of our client, firefighter Bobby Beddia and also firefighter Joseph Graffagnino. We take this time to remember both heroes, along with the hundred other members of the FDNY who were injured in this blaze that started when Read MoreRead More
I want to share a hard lesson learned by one of my clients, Brian, who sustained a career-ending knee injury when his car was hit by a truck. He asked me to share his story with the rest of the 9/11 community to ensure that others learn from his horrible experience with his own insurance Read MoreRead More
A New York appellate court recently ruled that a New York police officer will be allowed to keep workers’ compensation benefits he was awarded for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder from working as a responder after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At the time of the attacks, the officer, Richard Regan, was sent for six days 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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