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  • Zadroga ActVictim Compensation FundWTC Health Program

    Barasch & McGarry Recognizes Asthma Awareness Month

    By Michael Barasch

    May is Asthma Awareness Month, in recognition of the 25 million Americans with the disease, including thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors. Individuals who were exposed to Ground Zero toxins in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or during the 8 following months have a dramatically higher risk of developing 68 different types of cancer and […]

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  • 9/11 InjuriesCOVID-19

    9/11 Survivors Urge Public to Wear Masks

    By Michael Barasch

    In the aftermath of September 11, some New Yorkers wore masks as worry began to spread about the dust hanging in the air in the areas around Ground Zero. In the years following the attacks, we found out that people were right to be worried, as more and more survivors developed respiratory problems and cancers […]

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  • Coronavirus Raises Added Concerns for 9/11 First Responders


    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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  • WTC Health ProgramVictim Compensation Fund

    The Burden of Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and The Victim Compensation Fund

    By Michael Barasch

    After the government mistakenly guaranteed its residents and workers that the air was safe, it would not be long before thousands of people exposed to the World Trade Center toxic dust began experiencing respiratory and digestive issues that, whether they knew it at the time or not, were linked to their exposure to the looming toxins.
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  • Victim Compensation FundWTC Health Program9/11 Injuries

    Cancers of Former Students and Teachers Linked to 9/11 Toxic Dust

    By Michael Barasch

    At least 12 former students who attended schools south of Canal Street on 9/11, or during the eight months that followed, have filed claims with the federal government for World Trade Center-related cancers. Dozens of others have been diagnosed with well-recognized 9/11 respiratory illnesses. Scores of teachers have fallen ill, and, tragically, many have died from their WTC illnesses.
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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

    Firefighters More Susceptible to Cancer than Most

    By Michael Barasch

    There are many inherent dangers to being a firefighter. Burns, falling beams, collapsing structures and inhalation of smoke and fumes are all common dangers that they must face and overcome. Some dangers of the position lie hidden for years, however. There is a lot of research that suggests that firefighters are more susceptible to cancer […]

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