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70% VCF Cuts Outrageous! We are going back to DC

Instead of going to the UFA convention this week I am going back down to Washington D.C. to lobby for the extension and full funding of the VCF. I will go back again in a few weeks and then again in June when Jon Stewart testifies at the Judiciary Committee. I assure you that we Read More

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Sonstein Sunday – Continuing Our Efforts in Washington, D.C.

Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Rich Alles and Mike Barasch were interviewed on Q104.3 by Shelli Sonstein on Sunday. We discussed our efforts and strategy to extend the VCF. We are going back down to D.C. at the end of the month, and then again in June. We will continue these trips until Congress does the Read More

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Tribute to 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers Takes Shape

With each passing year, we learn more about the terrible health toll suffered by the men and women who worked at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. These World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers will be honored with a fitting monument at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial, Read More

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New VCF Rules for those suffering from 9/11 Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Individuals who were exposed to dangerous toxins at or near the World Trade Center site on 9/11 or during the months that followed now face tougher standards if they seek benefits related to their obstructive sleep apnea. Previously, claimants were required to submit a “C-PAP compliance report” demonstrating consistent usage of a continuous positive airway Read More

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Spreading the Word about Extending and Funding the Victim Compensation Fund

Mike Barasch and Dr. Kerry Kelly were interviewed by Shelli Sonstein on Q104.3 about the health consequences of World Trade Center toxic dust exposure, and the efforts being made to extend the Victim Compensation Fund.

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WTC Responders at Increased Risk for Head and Neck Cancers

As the serious medical problems associated with 9/11 exposure mount, a new cancer risk has been identified. During a four-year period, diagnoses of head and neck cancers increased by 40 percent among World Trade Center first responders. Carcinogenic particles that were inhaled by police officers, fire fighters, military personnel and others at or near Ground Read More

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Among First Responders, 9/11-Related Deaths Are Rising Rapidly

More than 18 years after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the death toll continues to rise. Dangerous substances that filled the air around Ground Zero have triggered cancer and other fatal illnesses in first responders and in recovery workers who worked around the clock to clear the damage. Despite the fact Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: VCF Cuts Future Awards Due to Unforeseen Spikes in Cancer and Death Claims

As you no doubt heard, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which has been providing financial help to thousands of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors, announced cuts in pending claims of 50%, and cuts in future claims of up to 70%. This means that thousands of people in the 9/11 community, who live in Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: VCF Cuts Future Awards Due to Unforeseen Spikes in Cancer and Death Claims

So many people in the 9/11 community are getting sick and dying that the VCF is running out of money. When Congress passed the 9/11 Zadroga Act into law in 2011, it created the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).  But, cancers had not yet been linked to the WTC Read More

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Michael Barasch and Richard Alles Featured in Retired Member’s Association Newsletter

Good friend Michael Barasch and retired DC Rich Alles were on hand to urge members to sign up for the Victims Compensation Fund which ends 12/18/2020. They passed out literature about the VCF and info about all the cancers affecting us now. Mike told the membership to get a full body scan at least once Read More

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Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
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    • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


      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.

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    Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

    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.

    Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

    A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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