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    Study Finds Variety of Mental Health Impacts in 9/11 Community

    By Michael Barasch

    A study recently published by researchers at the University of Michigan and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found a wide variety of mental health impacts among 9/11 first responders and survivors.  Published in the journal Psychological Medicine, the study focused on trauma among responders, students and teachers, office workers, and […]

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    Learn the Risks During Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

    By Michael Barasch

    Anyone who was in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or in the months that followed has a higher risk of 68 different types of cancer and many forms of respiratory disease, including sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a disease characterized by the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (known as “granulomas”) in any part of your body […]

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    Transit Workers with 9/11-Related Illnesses Now Eligible for Sick Pay

    By Michael Barasch

    Thousands of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers were deployed to Lower Manhattan in the months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, working tirelessly in search-and-rescue, cleanup, and recovery efforts. As a result of their exposure to Ground Zero toxins, many of these MTA workers have since been diagnosed with cancer or respiratory disease. Thankfully, the MTA […]

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    New Treatment Shows Promise Fighting Esophageal Cancer

    By Michael Barasch

    Nearly 500,000 people, including first responders, downtown office workers, residents, and students and teachers, were exposed to Ground Zero toxins after 9/11 and have a higher risk of developing respiratory disease and 68 different types of cancer, including esophageal cancer. Though relatively uncommon in the general population, the 9/11 community has been disproportionately impacted by […]

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    March Marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    By Michael Barasch

    Nearly half a million first responders and survivors who were exposed to Ground Zero toxins after 9/11 have a dramatically higher risk of developing  respiratory disease and 68 different types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Most colorectal cancers start as a growth, called a polyp, on the inner lining of the colon or rectum which […]

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  • Deadline Alert

    The deadline to register all VCF claims has been extended to July 2021 no matter when someone became sick or passed away. You must act quickly to register during this one-time window.

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    How to Appeal a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Decision

    By Michael Barasch

    Since 2001, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has awarded more than $2 billion to Barasch & McGarry clients who were in Lower Manhattan or near the Pentagon following 9/11. Both first responders and survivors (including Lower Manhattan office workers, teachers, students, and residents) who were exposed to Ground Zero toxins and have been […]

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