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Like you, we’re closely monitoring the latest news about the coronavirus. It is our mission to serve the 9/11 community, and we will continue our work throughout this health crisis. Our office is open, and our dedicated attorneys and staff are hard at work. In an abundance of caution, some of our staff will begin working from home, and we have made sure that they have everything they need to do so effectively.

If you call the office, you may be asked to leave a message with an operator. Rest assured that we will get back to you quickly.

We encourage you to make liberal use of email, as this is the most efficient way to reach us during this health crisis. Please email your Claim Administrator. If you don’t have his or her email, feel free to send an email to [email protected]

The VCF has cancelled all hearings, but for now, it remains open. If this changes, we will let you know.

While the WTC toxins have indeed been linked to 68 cancers, they have also been linked to serious respiratory illnesses such as asthma, reactive airway disease, chronic bronchitis and sinusitis. Of course, no one is immune from the Coronavirus, but the 9/11 community in general, which includes over 400,000 responders, volunteers, office workers, downtown residents, and teachers/students, and those who have been diagnosed with cancer or respiratory illnesses in particular, are more vulnerable since their lungs and immune systems are compromised.

Our thoughts are with the all first responders who are on the front lines and who deal with the public regularly. Many of them have pulmonary conditions and other chronic diseases. They, and the elderly, are at the greatest risk for the severe consequences of this virus.

Our thoughts are with all of you and your well being during this scary time. Please follow the CDC’s advice to avoid large gatherings and diligently wash your their hands.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation. The 9/11 community is always our foremost concern. Please stay safe, and know that we are here for you.

Mike Barasch

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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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