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  • WTC Health Program Adapting to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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    WTC Health Program Adapting to the Coronavirus Pandemic

    By Michael Barasch

    Nearly two decades after the events of September 11, 2001, the effects are still felt, physically and emotionally, by those who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the many health complications affecting the lives of these heroes. The World Trade Center Health Program, which provides medical […]

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  • Coronavirus Raises Added Concerns for 9/11 First Responders

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    Coronavirus Raises Added Concerns for 9/11 First Responders

    By Michael Barasch

    Everyone in New York City has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way, but the 9/11 first responders who were exposed to toxic substances near the World Trade Center site have an additional reason to worry. Like the illnesses that afflict workers and others who were in Lower Manhattan in the weeks and […]

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  • 9/11 Injuries

    Poor Lung Function Persists Among 9/11 Responders

    By Michael Barasch

    A recent study published in CHEST Journal, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, revealed that 13 years after the September 11 attacks, most firefighters exposed to toxic dust “continued to show a lack of lung function recovery.” However, the study did note a lung function benefit among affected firefighters who stopped […]

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  • 9/11 InjuriesVictim Compensation Fund

    What is the WTC Health Program?

    By Michael Barasch

    The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 has provided compensation to many 9/11 victims and their families, but the act has broader implications. The World Trade Center Health Program is another important aspect of the law, and it has even wider coverage than the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. In fact, even […]

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  • Zadroga Act

    Why Should 9/11 Illness Victims Use an Attorney to File a Zadroga Act Claim?

    By Michael Barasch

    Thousands of people who survived the attacks of September 11, 2001 — at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania — have unfortunately contracted illnesses and injuries because they were in that vicinity at that time. But thanks to an act of Congress, there are funds available to help […]

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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.

  • 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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