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  • Zadroga Act

    Doctor on Trail of Neuropathy Finds Source in WTC Dust

    By Michael Barasch

    We’ve reported several times recently on studies linking peripheral neuropathy to the dust of Ground Zero. A recent column on the website for the civil service employees’ weekly newspaper, The Chief, gave further details about how a doctor’s observations of 9/11-related illness in patients led to the experiments that strongly suggest a link. For years, […]

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    Guarding Against Recurrent 9/11-Related Thyroid Cancer

    By Michael Barasch

    Although it is a fairly rare cancer, thyroid cancer was one of the most prevalent 9/11-related diseases to emerge among WTC responders and Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers. The disease has a very short latency period of only 2.5 years after exposure, so it wasn’t very surprising to see thyroid cancer get a jump […]

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  • Zadroga Act9/11 Injuries

    State to Pick Tab for Benefits of Ground Zero Volunteers

    By Michael Barasch

    Michael Barasch, whose law firm represents nearly 10,000 first responders, including scores of people who volunteered at Ground Zero, applauded the news. Barasch said “thank goodness the State of NY is doing its part to provide medical coverage for these brave men and women who selflessly worked at Ground zero helping the first responses. They […]

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  • Zadroga ActHealth Programs

    Is There a 9/11 Mesothelioma Epidemic in our Future?

    By Michael Barasch

    Mesothelioma, a gruesome form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, is one of the many illnesses for which the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act provides benefits and compensation. Fourteen years after the terrorist attacks, more than 1,100 people have been certified to receive cancer treatment under the WTC Health Program, and […]

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  • Victim Compensation FundHealth ProgramsZadroga Act

    Has Your Member of Congress Forgotten 9/11?

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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  • Deadline Alert

    The deadline to register all VCF claims has been extended to July 2021 no matter when someone became sick or passed away. You must act quickly to register during this one-time window.

  • Victim Compensation Fund9/11 Injuries

    9/11-Related Compensation Programs

    By Michael Barasch

    *** 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. *** You may have several options to obtain treatment for your 9/11-related injuries or compensation for the death of your loved one under three primary benefits programs: Victim […]

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