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Honoring the Tenth Anniversary of the Zadroga Act

We recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of President Obama signing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, named in honor of hero NYPD Detective James Zadroga, a Barasch & McGarry client.

The act established the World Trade Center Health Program and reactivated the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), providing medical care and financial security to tens of thousands of individuals and families impacted by the terrorist attacks, as well as the subsequent clean-up and debris removal efforts.

The path to the Zadroga Act was difficult, as government officials initially denied any link between exposure to airborne toxins at Ground Zero and the Pentagon to cancer or respiratory disease.

But as the medical evidence of a connection steadily built, 9/11 community members from every part of the United States lobbied their representatives in Congress, with influential support from comedian and 9/11 advocate Jon Stewart.

Stewart used his platform as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” for a discussion with four 9/11 first responders about the desperate need for health care access   

Ultimately, the Zadroga Act passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate with bipartisan supermajorities, a pattern that was repeated when the law was reauthorized and extended in 2015 and 2019.

In the ten years since the Zadroga Act was signed, the VCF has awarded $7.76 billion to nearly 34,500 eligible claimants. Barasch & McGarry is proud to have recovered over $2 billion in awards from the Victim Compensation Fund, more than any other law firm in the country.

We owe a special debt of gratitude to 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya, who has worked tirelessly to support the 9/11 community and whose warnings about a shortfall in the fund caught the attention of Congress and President Trump, encouraging them to fully fund the program, permanently, in 2019.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Visit 911victims.com or call 212-385-8000 today.

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  • "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.

    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.

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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