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Re-Authorization of The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act has Bi-Partisan Support

*** UPDATE: Since the date of this blog post, the deadline for filing a claim with the Victim Compensation Fund has been extended until December 18, 2020. ***

In 2011, Congress passed the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act, which established a program within the Department of Health and Human Services to provide medical monitoring and treatment benefits to workers who responded to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It also provided initial health evaluations, monitoring and treatment benefits to residents, other building occupants and area workers directly impacted and adversely affected by the attacks. This World Trade Center Health Program began on July 1, 2011 but was only authorized to continue through 2015. The law also assists persons who suffered economic losses due to physical injury or death, through a Victim Compensation Fund, which is likewise due to expire October 3, 2016.

Lawmakers declare, “We have a moral obligation…”

Following an announcement on April 14, 2015, a bi-partisan group of Senators and Congressional representatives is sponsoring legislation to renew authorization of the WTC Health Program. Sponsors note that nearly 14 years after September 11th, our responders and survivors are still battling serious health issues resulting from the toxins at Ground Zero. More than 33,000 persons have an illness or injury caused by the attacks or their aftermath, and more than two-thirds of those have multiple illnesses. So far, 3,900 cancers have been diagnosed among 9/11 responders and survivors, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Although much of the public views this as a New York City issue, victims and rescue workers came from diverse areas of the country. The World Trade Center Health Program provides treatment and services for participants who currently reside in 429 of the 435 Congressional districts in the country. Supporters of the legislation also come from all over the nation and hope that the new law passes during this session of Congress before the existing law expires.

Michael Barasch, managing partner of Barasch & McGarry, attended the press conference. He stood alongside Joseph Zadroga, father of James Zadroga, the NYCPD detective who lost his life as a result of pulmonary fibrosis that he developed after working 200 hours at the WTC site, breathing the toxic dust without any respiratory protection.

As attorneys dedicated to justice for 9/11 first responders and survivors, Barasch & McGarry fully supports the re-authorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund. If you have an illness or injury that you believe qualifies you for assistance, call our post-9/11 attorneys at 888-351-9421 or contact us online. There is no cost for an initial consultation to discuss your case with a lawyer who understands your situation and the law.

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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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