By Michael Barasch | Published October 22, 2019 | |
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
Recently congressional lawmakers have been increasing pressure on the Obama administration to release secret documents related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. There are allegedly 28 top-secret pages from a 9/11 report that have been marked classified for years. Much of the information in these pages supposedly relates to Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Read MoreRead More
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, (VCF) part of the James L. Zadroga Act of 2010, provides compensation to individuals who suffered physical harm while responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. There are two different ways in which you may apply for benefits through the VCF: Online: This tends to be the better Read MoreRead More
Over the past several years, there has been growing concern surrounding the numerous types of health effects stemming from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan. After the building materials, furniture and electronic equipment fell and were crushed, dust and debris from the buildings filled the air. Many New York residents, attack victims and Read MoreRead More
In a recent interview on the National Public Radio program “Here and Now,” 9/11 first responder John Feal said that he and the people who rushed to Ground Zero on that day 13 years ago are now suffering from “invisible diseases” that threaten their lives. The program, which aired September 10, detailed the health issues Read MoreRead More
The fund created to help cover the costs of medical care for the first responders of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. recently approved about $494 million in claims from victims and their families. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), established in 2011, has approved 7,885 claims and issued Read MoreRead More
"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
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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