By Michael Barasch | Published June 15, 2019 | | |
Father’s Day is an emotional day for all – whether you are celebrating a living father, lost father, or any other type of father. Michael Barasch joined Shelli Sonstein along with Bridget Gormley and Rob Tilearcio who both lost their fathers to the 9/11 toxins. As Shelli always says, she wants these heroes to be Read MoreRead More
WHAT THE 9/11 COMMUNITY NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE LAW On December 18, 2015, Congress reauthorized and extended both the health program and compensation fund available to the 9/11 community. Downtown residents, office workers, students and teachers are all eligible if they were exposed on 9/11 or during parts of the 8 months that followed. Read MoreRead More
It has gradually become clear that the population of at-risk survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City includes more than 400,000 residents, office workers, former students, and teachers who were in Lower Manhattan on that day and during the subsequent eight months. These survivors were exposed to the same deadly Read MoreRead More
WERE YOU THERE? As the former UFA Local 94 Health & Safety Officer, and the IAFF’s 1st District Vice President, I have served on many Committees protecting our firefighters and first responders. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, firefighters , police officers and other responders came to NYC to help the FDNY during Read MoreRead More
On September 5, Jon Stewart was joined on the TODAY Show by Barasch & McGarry’s Director of Outreach, Ret. FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles and well-known 9/11 advocate John Feal. They discussed the importance of registering with the World Trade Center Health Program and warned about the soon-to-expire Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). They also appeared Read MoreRead More
Thanks to persistent criticism and lobbying by 9/11 advocates, the 9/11 community and their attorneys, it became imperative that something be done to alleviate the unfair wait that “survivors” have had to endure to secure an appointment with the Health Program. Survivors include over 350,000 downtown residents, office workers, former students and teachers who lived or 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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