By Michael Barasch | Published November 11, 2018 | | |
On this Veterans Day, we’d like to take the time to honor the men and women who have served our wonderful country. It is so important to recognize and thank those who protect our nation and whose sacrifices and service make our way of life possible. We must never take our safety and security for Read MoreRead More
WERE YOU THERE? As the former UFA Local 94 Health & Safety Officer, and the IAFF’s 1st District Vice President, I have served on many Committees protecting our firefighters and first responders. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, firefighters , police officers and other responders came to NYC to help the FDNY during Read MoreRead More
As many of you likely know, I frequently reach out to the media to shine a light on issues regarding the World Trade Center Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Today, the Daily News published my letter spreading awareness about how unfairly disabled non-firefighters and police officers are treated. I made the point that Read MoreRead More
|Unforeseen health consequences from toxic 9/11 dust have been on the rise for 16 years since September 11th, 2001. Even more shocking; most of the impacted individuals were only caught in the dust cloud or exposed for less than 60 minutes. As a result, many have come down with a host of devastating health conditions ranging from the rarest of cancers to a variety of respiratory diseases—sometimes occurring simultaneously.|
The death on September 10 of a Yonkers policeman from 9/11-related cancer did not arouse sufficient support for Congress to renew the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, before it expired on September 30. But Lt. Roy McLaughlin’s life and untimely death should stand as a reminder of the urgent need to extend Read MoreRead More
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many firefighters, police offers, public workers and everyday citizens rushed to Ground Zero to help search for and rescue survivors. As time has passed, many first responders have developed severe illnesses from 9/11-related work. The following are several types of illness first responders are at a significant Read MoreRead More
On July 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bipartisan bill extending the work of a task force designed to provide assistance to 9/11 first responders. The bill was sponsored by two Brooklyn lawmakers and extends the efforts of the Worker Protection Task Force Act for five more years. Through the extension, the task 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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