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Honor 9/11 Responders by Remaining Vigilant in the Fight Against COVID-19

The desire to return to normal life after nearly a year of quarantine, home schooling and business shutdowns is stronger than ever. News that multiple vaccines are on the way is exciting, but health care authorities still caution that America is headed into a dark winter with COVID-19 cases spiking to higher levels than ever. Even after a vaccine is approved, it will take months to distribute it to all Americans, which means until then we must continue to carefully follow safety precautions to try to limit the spread of the virus.

The combination of “COVID fatigue” — the exasperation and exhaustion so many of us are experiencing after months of being cooped up — and the seeming nearness of a vaccine appears to be making too many Americans careless. This is shown in the virus’ resurgence across the country. In December, California issued its strictest stay-at-home order since the pandemic began, in a bid to keep already struggling hospitals from being totally overwhelmed with COVID cases. New York, New Jersey and the surrounding areas are seeing near-record numbers of new cases. On Dec. 3, New York state reported 9,853 new cases, the most on any single day since April 25. New Jersey reported 4,913 cases that day, a new record for the state.

As a law firm that represents more than 20,000 9/11 first responders and survivors, we are very concerned about COVID-19 and its effects on the 9/11 community. Responders and survivors suffer from severe illnesses, including 68 kinds of cancer, dozens of respiratory diseases and various immune system compromises that make them especially vulnerable to the virus. More than 100 of our clients have died of COVID-19 so far. It’s heartbreaking.

We urge everyone to continue to heed the safety measures even though we’re all tired of them. By doing so, we can each do our part in keeping our 9/11 heroes safe, along with keeping so many millions of other vulnerable people safe, too.

Please remember how the heroes of 9/11 ran toward the danger on the day of the attacks, then spent days, weeks and months cleaning up a site that was riddled with toxic debris. They sacrificed so much for us. Now we can repay them by doing much easier things than they had to do. We can protect them by wearing masks, washing our hands, and keeping our distance.

Barasch & McGarry’s New York legal team is committed to helping all members of the 9/11 community. If you are a responder, survivor or you are a family member of a 9/11 hero who is sick or has died, talk to us about enrolling in health programs and potential eligibility for compensation. Call 888-351-9421 or you can contact us online. We do not charge any fee for an initial consultation.

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  • "Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY

  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • 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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