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Coronavirus and Update for Clients Who Have Already Received 9/11 VCF and/or Litigation Awards

Let me begin by acknowledging the Coronavirus health crisis and expressing my sincere hope that you are taking good care of yourself. I am very concerned about the 9/11 community. You are among the most vulnerable since many of you have serious respiratory illnesses and cancers. Please follow the recommendations from the CDC and, as much as possible, avoid being with groups of people. And please encourage anyone you know who may be eligible – your former downtown friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students and teachers – to enroll in the WTC Health Program. The doctors at the Health Program are more knowledgeable than any other doctors about treating 9/11 respiratory illnesses, and their expertise can make a difference.

There have been two significant changes to the Victim Compensation Fund that I would like to bring to your attention. The first affects you directly, as someone who received either a VCF award and/or an award from the prior litigation. The second affects the entire 9/11 community. We hope that you will help us spread the word.

VCF Fully Funded
First, as I’m sure you know, the VCF has been fully funded and permanently extended. Thank you Jon Stewart and other 9/11 advocates who walked the halls of Congress with us.

What does this mean for you? As a VCF award recipient, you did not waive your legal rights when you received your initial award; you maintain your right to file a new claim for the next 70 years. Please let us know if you have been diagnosed with a new illness or have been found disabled since you received your initial award.

VCF Deadline Extension
Secondly, the VCF Special Master recently extended the deadline for thousands of people in the 9/11 community who failed to timely register their claim.

The original VCF statute required people to file claims within two years of their illness diagnosis or within two years of their loved one’s date of death. If they failed to register timely, they were barred from filing a claim. This deadline extension provides a second chance to file a claim.

What does this mean for you? Help us spread the word. So many in the 9/11 community have no idea about the rights to which they are entitled. The new deadline to file is July 29, 2021. If you know anyone who did not file a timely claim, or had a family member die of cancer or a pulmonary illness, tell them they may now assert a claim whether they were diagnosed or died in 2006 or just last week.

For anyone who would like more information, please have them contact us. We will confidentially talk to them about their situation and assess their opportunity to file a claim. We will also enroll them into the free WTC Health Program, if he or she hasn’t done so already. But remember, the new deadline to file – July 29, 2021 – is only 16 months from now. It’s important to act quickly.

During the coronavirus health crisis, our firm remains open though our staff is working remotely, as per Governor Cuomo’s order. You can contact us by email at [email protected]. This is likely to be the most efficient way to communicate with us. You can also reach us by phone at 212-385-8000. If you contact us via phone, you may need to leave a message with a representative. Your call will be returned promptly, I assure you.

Stay safe during these turbulent times, and know that we are always here to help you, your family and everyone in the 9/11 community.


Mike Barasch

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    Feeling very tired and cold cancel all of my p/t appointments scared to go out. I hv many injuries on top of 911 problems

    Donna, I’m so sorry to hear about your injuries. Please take care of yourself during this time of uncertainty and reach out if you need anything: 212-385-8000.

    Good evening my last appointment with the doctor from the wtc it seemed that i failed the breathing test miserably i would like to send the results to your office just need the address where to send them. And thank you again from all your and your firm does for all of the people that was impacted. Thank you thomas Schatzle

    Hi Thomas, so sorry to hear about your breathing test. Hope you’re taking care of yourself and staying safe during this time of uncertainty. Our address is 11 Park Place, 18th Floor, New York, New York 10007. Please give us a call at 212-385-8000 should you have any questions.

    Thanks for always taking the lead in tough took great care of me..

    Thanks for these updates. It feels good to maintain the connection with our community.

    Thank you for all this information. I’m glad to know that we are not limited by what we have already been awarded. It’s nice to have a resource that we can turn to if we need additional help.

    Keep up the good work and I hope that this covid 19 stop already and thank you for your concern and please take a good care of yourself and your family. May the lord bless all of us and keep us safe. Julio

    Thanks for confirming what I all ready believed. John Knox and now Mike Hankins, people I worked with who were also friends is further confirmation. Thx for all you do.

    I’m already enrolled in the original WTC health program within which I am examined every year. It is managed by Logistics Health. Is the program you mention the same thing? Do I need to sign up? I’m certified with chronic sinusitis and GERD/reflux

    Hi Linda. Yes, it’s the same thing, and you’re already enrolled in the program. Take care.

    Yes will like to file a new claim or amended claim

    Karen, should you have any questions, please call my office at 212-385-8000 to speak with a case representative. Take care.

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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.

    Register For Compensation

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.

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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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