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Critical Deadline Approaches for 9/11 First Responders with Prostate Cancer

Many of the heroic first responders who came to the aid of other Americans after the 9/11 attacks later experienced serious illness. Sixty-two different cancers have been linked to exposure to the toxic rubble and dust of the World Trade Center.

Luckily, many of these heroes and their families have fought hard to ensure that those who are diagnosed with diseases related to their service to the country are compensated. Laws such as the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, provide funding for screening and medical care of those who were exposed to toxins in service to their country.

Unfortunately, there are deadlines attached to claims under the laws that help police, firemen and EMS workers. One crucial deadline is quickly approaching. According to the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA), those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer between September 11, 2005 and September 11, 2013 only have until October 14, 2015 to register their claim with the Victim Compensation Fund.

The DEA represents current and former detectives of the NYPD and is encouraging people to spread this message so that no 9/11 first responder is left without treatment.

In addition to the specific deadline for those diagnosed during that time period, any first responders diagnosed after September 11, 2013 must register within two years of their diagnosis.

If you or your family member is a 9/11 first responder with health issues, the firm of Barasch & McGarry will treat you with compassion and work hard to get you the benefits you deserve. We provide all 9/11 first responders with free and confidential consultations. Call us today at 888-351-9421 or contact us online to schedule your free meeting.

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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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