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Michael Barasch Comments on “Veteran officers battling 9/11-related illnesses from cancer to PTSD” Article

Sixteen years after the 9/11 terror attacks on our country, the death toll continues to rise. There is no longer any question that exposure to 9/11 toxins created a health crisis among first responders, as well as among residents, students and workers who were exposed. But those who are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses have not […]

You are invited to Voices of September 11 Events on 9/9 and 9/10 in NYC

To our friends and clients: Next Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on our country. We know that this is going to be a difficult week for so many of you. We want to be sure that you know that you are not alone, and that there is a community of advocates […]

BREAKING NEWS: VCF Requires Claimants to Enroll in the WTC Health Program

The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has changed its regulations for eligibility. While there are a few exceptions, it is now a requirement that all claimants have their WTC-linked illnesses certified through World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). Getting certified by the WTCHP has always been the fastest way to have the VCF find your conditions […]

9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund Special Master Reports on Progress

Congress created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to compensate people who suffered physical harm due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and/or the subsequent debris removal. The original VCF operated from 2001 to 2004, but the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 reactivated the VCF in October 2011 […]

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Changed Its Registration Deadline – What Does This Mean for You?

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has recently changed its rules regarding the deadline to register for compensation. Historically, a person who was diagnosed with cancer had a strict 2 year window to register with the VCF, which began on the date that they were first diagnosed. If a person registered after this 2 year window […]

Michael Barasch Exposes Alleged 9/11 Victim’s Fund Scam

Michael Barasch, the lawyer credited as the whistleblower on an alleged scam by RD Legal Funding targeting 9/11 first responders, is speaking out. Read full article: Whistleblowing Lawyer Who Exposed Alleged 9/11 Victims’ Fund Scam Speaks Out, NY1 News, February 8, 2017

When Getting Sued Feels Good

Michael Barasch on the WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb report Read the full article: N.J. Company Accused Of Scamming 9/11 Responders, NFL PlayersCBS New York, February 7, 2017 Before you get the wrong idea, I’ll admit that getting sued is usually not something to be particularly happy about. As a rule, it’s expensive, stressful, and time […]

What Does the New VCF Cap on Cancer Awards Mean for 9/11 Survivors?

When Congress reauthorized the Zadroga Act, renewing the Victim Compensation Fund for five years, some substantive changes were made. The new law places a cap on pain and suffering awards for cancer at $250,000 and for non-cancer illnesses at $90,000. But that does not mean new claimants will necessarily receive lower awards than previous claimants […]

Michael Barasch at 9/11 Health Watch Benefit

Michael Barasch and Senator Gillibrand at 9/11 Health Watch Benefit Michael Barasch met with both Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a recent benefit for 9/11 Health Watch. They discussed the implications of the new JASTA law and the importance of extending the Victim Compensation Fund past 2020. Senator Chuck Schumer and Michael […]

Zadroga Act Rule Changes Seek to Reduce Burden on Claimants

When the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorization Act went into effect last December, Congress charged the Justice Department with writing a rule to implement it. The Attorney General appointed Sheila L. Birnbaum as Special Master, and Ms. Birnbaum recently published the Interim Final Rule for the VCF. Potential claimants should be aware […]

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