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The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will Permanently Close Exactly 3 Years from Today

Today marks three years from the date that the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will shut its doors forever. While the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) was extended for 75 years, the 9/11 Community will no longer be able to assert claims for compensation for new illnesses or wrongful death after December 18, 2020. Despite the fact that the VCF has awarded over $3 billion to 14,000+ responders, downtown residents, office workers, teachers and students, the reality is that only a fraction of those eligible have registered with the WTCHP and moved forward with a VCF claim.
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Where Do We Stand With the Ailing 9/11 First Responders?

9/11 Responder and Advocate John Feal and 9/11 Survivor and Attorney Michael Barasch discuss the spike in cancers and fatalities due to breathing in the World Trade Center toxins on 9/11 and during the 8 months following. Listen to Audio:

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Michael Barasch Appears on the “Blue Collar Buzz” Radio Show

Mike Barasch spoke at a press conference highlighting the health crisis facing firefighters and the entire 9/11 community due to their exposure to World Trade Center toxins. Listen to the show: /wp-content/uploads/sites/4798/2017/09/michael-barasch-blue-collar-buzz-radio-show.mp3

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Ray Pfeiffer, 9/11 Advocate, RIP

Most of the 9/11 community has already heard the sad news about FDNY Ray Pfeiffer’s passing. For 8 years, Ray, fought a heroic battle against cancers that were linked to the WTC toxic dust. Despite crippling pain, he didn’t let his illnesses stop him from making dozens of trips to Congress, demanding that it pass Read More

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NYC Health Department Reports Consequences of 9/11 Worse than Predicted

Just two days prior to the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, the New York City Health Department released a summary of five recent research articles on the long-term health impacts to rescue and recovery workers and civilian survivors enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry. The findings were Read More

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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 Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: Victim Compensation Fund Changes the Eligibility Requirements for WTC-Related Cancers

First Responders, Local residents, office workers and students with cancer may now be able to assert claims Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice made an extremely important change to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). As a result, many cancer victims who missed the deadline to register for compensation can now do so. Until last Read More

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Fallout From 9/11 Attacks on Par With Fukushima and Chernobyl, Researcher Says

Mike Barasch commented on the yet to be published medical findings of Dr. Lucchini of the WTCHP. “Dr Lucchini’s findings come as no surprise to me or the attorneys at my firm. We represent thousands of sick people in the 9/11 community every day. They tell us the sad news that they have been diagnosed Read More

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Cancer Rate for Ground Zero Cops 50 Percent Higher than Pre-9/11

A long-awaited 20-year study by the NYPD has revealed that cancer rates among cops has increased 50% since 9/11.  This is consistent with other studies that have been previously published by the FDNY’s Bureau of Health Services.   Four cancers in particular, Brain, kidney, thyroid and lymphoma, were the most prevalent. https://nypost.com/2015/10/09/cancer-rate-for-ground-zero-cops-50-percent-higher-than-pre-911/ Our law firm represents Read More

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Michael Barasch joins Rep. Pascrell and Local First Responders to Urge Passage of 9/11 Health Bill Reauthorization

This week, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09),  Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and Co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, was joined by Zadroga family attorney Michael Barasch and local first responders from across the region to urge passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, legislation that would Read More

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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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