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  • Victim Compensation FundWTC Health ProgramZadroga Act

    A Guide to the World Trade Center Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Exposure Zones

    By Michael Barasch

    When the World Trade Center collapsed after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, ten million tons of building materials and 91,000 liters of jet fuel fell into Ground Zero, contaminating the air with toxic chemicals. These airborne toxins included asbestos, heavy metals from computer hardware, and pulverized glass and concrete. Many of the people breathing these […]

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  • New Law Extends 9/11 Claim Filing Deadline Through 2090

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    New Law Extends 9/11 Claim Filing Deadline Through 2090

    By Michael Barasch

    Officially known as “The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Compensation Fund Act,” a widely hailed new law has provided a measure of relief to current and future victims of 9/11-related conditions. Under the old rule, all Victim Compensation Fund claims had to be filed […]

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    Victim Compensation Fund Eligibility Claims Top 50,000

    By Michael Barasch

    As hundreds of new claims pour into the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund each month, the total number of people seeking eligibility now exceeds 50,000. Approximately half of these applicants have had their claims approved. The July 29, 2019 signing of the Never Forget the Heroes Act  permanently authorized the VCF and brought new attention to […]

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  • 9/11 Injuries

    PTSD and Respiratory Disorders Linked in WTC Survivors

    By Michael Barasch

    A study published in the American Journal of Public Health in January 2012 for the first time linked lower respiratory symptoms with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults living or working in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The study analyzed medical records of 16,363 people participating in the World Trade Center Health Program registry. […]

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