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Council Members Pushing for Extension of Zadroga 9/11 Act

Among the many devastating effects of September 11 are the lingering medical problems faced by first responders who worked at Ground Zero. Though it has been nearly 14 years since terrorists steered planes into the Twin Towers, serious health issues have long dogged those workers who were part of the rescue and recovery efforts, as well as downtown Manhattan residents who were assured that “the air is safe”.   In response to these problems, lawmakers established the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Fund, which provides funding of medical treatment and compensation to these individuals.

The Act created two components: a medical treatment fund which allows first responders to receive medical treatment, as well as a compensation fund which pays out benefits to victims. The WTC Health Fund is set to expire in October 2015 and the Victim Compensation Fund will run out in October 2016. 

However, victims are still dealing with a myriad of health problems related to the attacks. Often symptoms take years to appear but can be linked back to the individuals’exposure to WTC toxic dust.  In the weeks and months following the attacks, first responders and cleanup workers breathed in toxic fumes that have since affected their well being. More than 800 members of the fire department and 550 NYPD officers have died as a result of this exposure.

NYC Council members are pushing for a resolution that will ask Congress to extend the Act and provide funding through 2041.  The 25-year extension will allow first responders who develop symptoms after the current deadlines to still receive health care and compensation for their injuries. The new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate.  It remains to be seen whether the new Congress will be receptive to extending the Zadrgoa VCF Act.   

Thousands have suffered health problems in the wake of September 11, 2001. If you’re dealing with a condition you believe is connected to your exposure on that fateful day, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more about your legal rights, meet with an experienced New York City injury lawyer at Barasch, McGarry Salzman & Penson.

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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.

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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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