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New William Street Surge Clinic Relieves Delays for 9/11 Victim Health Evaluations

It has gradually become clear that the population of at-risk survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City includes more than 400,000 residents, office workers, former students, and teachers who were in Lower Manhattan on that day and during the subsequent eight months. These  survivors were exposed to the same deadly toxins as first responders, rescue and recovery workers, and debris removal workers. Not surprisingly, the same diseases affecting what we now call the 9/11 community, including 68 deadly cancers, are now emerging in this broader population. The WTC Health Program is seeking to address this next wave of victims, but the need for case evaluations has overwhelmed the system, leading to long delays in certification that can delay access to treatment, putting these patients in grave jeopardy.

Part of the WTC Health Program response has been to open a Surge Clinic at 156 William Street. This new location, opened in late August 2018, allows survivors who have enrolled in the program to receive their initial health evaluations (it is not a treatment center). These evaluations are in-depth examinations that screen for physical and mental health conditions related to the WTC attacks. Once a survivor’s health condition is certified as WTC-related, the staff at the William Street Clinic can coordinate care with WTC Health Program-affiliated providers throughout the metropolitan area.

Survivors who are sick from exposure to 9/11 toxicity should be able to get an appointment for a health screening within a reasonable time. However, given the nature of these diseases, time is of the essence. Because no one should wait for care, the WTC Health Program Call Center — at 888-982-4748 — helps survivors with an urgent condition get an expedited appointment.

Survivors should also know they may be eligible for monetary compensation (in addition to medical treatment) through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

As determined lawyers for 9/11 victims, we want to see all eligible parties receive the care and compensation they deserve. Barasch & McGarry has recovered more than $2 billion for 9/11 victims. If you need assistance accessing your 9/11 benefits, call us at 888-351-9421 or contact our Manhattan office online.

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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.

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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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