By Michael Barasch | Published December 9, 2015 | | |
As of midnight, September 30, 2015, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired. The expiration means that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program will not be funded beyond October 2016. Does Congress truly intend to abandon thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors who served our country valiantly in Read MoreRead More
CBS New York recently reported the NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is coming under fire for traveling extensively instead of attending to duties here at home. During his 21 months in office, the mayor has held one town hall meeting, but has flown to Nebraska, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Italy, Paris and the Vatican. New York Read MoreRead More
Please be aware that there is a critical deadline for all construction workers and first responders who worked at the WTC site. Anyone diagnosed with PROSTATE CANCER between September 11, 2005 and Sept. 11, 2013 must register with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) by October 21, 2015. In fact, anyone with a certified World Trade Read MoreRead More
Barasch & McGarry applauds Jon Stewart and Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) for highlighting the need to reauthorize and make permanent the programs that are helping injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors. Mike Barasch attended the Daily Show taping with FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles, Attorney Noah Kushlefsky, 9/11 Advocate John Feal, and several other 9/11 Read MoreRead More
May 30 marks the anniversary of the end of the recovery and cleanup operations at the World Trade Center site when the last piece of debris — a misshapen steel column — was cleared in 2002. Thirteen years later, workers, volunteers and survivors can’t clear their bodies of the toxic effects of 9/11. As if in Read MoreRead More
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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.
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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