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Michael Barasch Interviewed on LaborPress “Blue Collar Buzz”
Attorney Michael Barasch, Managing Partner of the law firm Barasch & McGarry, and Richard Alles, former legislative director for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, report that the last three years have seen a three-fold increase in 9/11-linked cancers. The October 25, 2016 Edition of the Labor Press’ “Blue Collar Buzz” radio show highlighted their ongoing efforts to reach all those still eligible for benefits provided through the 9/11 Zadroga Health & Compensation Act. 68 cancers have been linked to the WTC toxic dust. There are strict time deadlines to register.
The Zadroga Health & Compensation Act provides health care and compensation not just for the first responders such as the firefighters, police officers and EMT’s. Downtown residents and office workers are also eligible. In addition, all construction workers who participated in the recovery operation are eligible for health care and compensation. This includes iron workers, laborers, operating engineers, carpenters, electricians, sanitation workers, correction officers, Verizon and Con Ed workers.
The Government has set aside more than $10 Billion for construction workers and first responders, as well as local residents and office workers who lived or worked south of Canal Street from 9/11/01 to 5/30/02. All are eligible for free medical care and compensation.
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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
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.
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.