By Michael Barasch | Published July 4, 2018 | |
On America’s 242nd birthday, we have so much to be grateful for. Since 1776 when the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, we have been celebrating the birth of America’s freedom. Did you know that George Washington had the Declaration of Independence read to his troops who were assembled in the Commons in lower Read MoreRead More
Mike Barasch here. It’s not just a 3 day weekend. It’s a time to honor those who have served our great country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember those who have served abroad (like my own father who was a proud Private in Europe during WWII), and of course, we honor those Read MoreRead More
|The Peekskill Police Department named the newest member of their canine team after a fallen Peekskill Detective who passed away in 2013 from sarcoidosis, a disease he contracted while participating in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks.|
Attorney Michael Barasch, Managing Partner of the law firm Barasch & McGarry, and Richard Alles, former legislative director for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, report that the last three years have seen a three-fold increase in 9/11-linked cancers. The October 25, 2016 Edition of the Labor Press’ “Blue Collar Buzz” radio show highlighted their ongoing Read MoreRead More
A two-day yard sale whose proceeds benefit local families was recently held in the Somerset County town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. What’s noteworthy about this event is its connection to the 9/11 terror attacks and its ongoing mission to help families heal. The yard sale is sponsored by Heartworks, a nonprofit organization founded by Read MoreRead More
On Wednesday, April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a federal law allowing American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism to sue the nation of Iran in American courts for as much as $2 billion currently held in the central bank of Iran. Now, another bill is making its way through Congress that would Read MoreRead More
The New York Times recently reported that Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, New York City’s chief medical examiner from 1989 to 2013 and himself a victim of the 9/11 attacks, has died at the age of 79. The Chicago native, a forensic pathologist by training, was the selection committee’s unanimous choice to take over an office Read MoreRead More
In early April, a six-and-one-half-ton steel girder from the World Trade Center made its way through downtown Bakersfield, California, to be used as part as a 9/11 memorial the city will build between its police substation and fire department station 15 near the Kern River. On March 30, Bakersfield firefighters had traveled to New York Read MoreRead More
Barasch, McGarry, Salzman and Penson is heartbroken to report the sad news that our friend, FDNY Captain John Graziano has passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer. John was not just a heroic firefighter. He was a wonderful man, a devoted husband and loving father. It was an honor and a privilege to say Read MoreRead More
To improve the claims process, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has increased its staff to 75, from 31 a year earlier. The biggest increases are in the number of document intake workers (now 25, up from nine a year earlier) and claim review team members (now 23, up from nine a year earlier), according 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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