By Michael Barasch | Published October 15, 2019 | | |
Many people suffering with medical problems related to the World Trade Center attack or cleanup are not able to recognize symptoms or to connect them with Ground Zero exposure until years later. This can present significant problems as they pursue payments from the Victim Compensation Fund. With the recent permanent authorization of the VCF, individuals Read MoreRead More
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 Read MoreRead More
|Michael Barasch and Richard Alles appeared on PBS MetroFocus “9/11 & Student Cancer” that aired on January 26, 2018.|
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 Read MoreRead More
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 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
In late June, pedestrians were able to use crossroads in lower Manhattan that have not been used since the 1960s. The crossroads were initially taken over by the construction of the original World Trade Center towers, and after September 11, 2001, the area was closed to the public and the site was dedicated to rescue 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
Recently, the story of Dave Innocenti, a former employee at the New York Stock Exchange, made national news. Today, the former broker, who regularly biked, ran and lifted weights, has to walk with a cane and use an electric chairlift to get up stairs at just 58 years old, thanks to rheumatoid arthritis he developed Read MoreRead More
A federal judge recently approved settlements brought forth by 78 different workers who helped to clean up the debris at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The workers all suffered from a variety of conditions caused by the toxic dust floating in the air after buildings in the area Read MoreRead More
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"I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone
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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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