Demonstrating that good things can come from personal tragedies, injured 9/11 responder John Feal has built a support network to assist fellow responders. Feal was a construction supervisor working on recovery efforts at Ground Zero five days after the attack when a huge piece of steel fell and crushed his foot, necessitating amputation and an 11-week hospital stay. As if a physical disability and a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis were not enough, John Feal soon discovered he had to fight for his health insurance coverage and workers’ comp benefits. Still, out of his struggle, John determined he would help others in a similar situation, so he started the Feal Good Foundation in 2005.
Twelve years later, the Feal Good Foundation actively supports 9/11 responders, downtown residents and office workers who are suffering the health effects of exposure to the toxins released at Ground Zero. John’s organization has done everything from putting food on the table for injured responders to lobbying Congress to protect benefits for 9/11 victims. The foundation also helps with medical and living expenses and buys Christmas presents for children in 9/11 families struggling to make ends meet.
As legal counsel for many injured 9/11 responders, we at Barasch & McGarry applaud the Feal Good Foundation. John is someone who realizes that, due to the insidious effects of toxic exposure, we are facing “a generation-long terrorist attack.” People are still becoming sick and suffering hardship as they wait for compensation. We share the sentiment behind the foundation’s motto: “No Responders Left Behind.”
If you were exposed to Ground Zero toxicity following 9/11, learn about your rights to health screenings and treatment. Contact the experienced attorneys at Barasch & McGarry who have represented 9/11 survivors from the outset. Call [ln::phone] or contact our office online.