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Michael Barasch Warns About Misleading Article About New Rules for Filing Claims With the 9/11 Compensation Fund

Michael Barasch, whose law firm represented James Zadroga and currently represents more sick 9/11 responders and local residents and workers that any other firm in the country, warned that the article in newsobserver.com is misleading (article has since been removed from site).

Barasch said: “While Congress did in fact extend the Victim Compensation Fund to the end of 2020, it is important that everyone understands that new cancer claims must be registered within 2 years of the date of the cancer diagnosis. 68 Cancers, including skin cancer, have been linked to the WTC toxic dust. Everyone who worked or lived below Canal Street from 9/11/01 to May, 2002 is eligible for compensation if they are diagnosed with a certified illness. Everyone should also register with the WTC Health Program.”

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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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