By Michael Barasch | Published September 11, 2018 | | |
Seventeen years ago today, our country was terrorized in ways we could have never imagined. Thousands of innocent lives were lost on September 11, 2001 as the world watched in horror. Today more than ever, we stand together to remember and honor not only the innocent lives lost on that day, but the fallen responders Read MoreRead More
The World Trade Center Health Program is a vital benefit of the Zadroga Act, which provides healthcare screening and treatment for victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Registration with the program is also an important precursor to filing a claim with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the WTC Read MoreRead More
The World Trade Center Health Program provides health screenings and treatment for 9/11 responders and others suffering from the effects of the terrorists attacks in New York as well as the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. For the last 18 months, the WTC Health Program has seen increased applications to enroll in the program, leading to Read MoreRead More
New York State lawmakers recently addressed an inequitable situation creating hardship for 9/11 responders who work on state and municipal payrolls outside of New York City. In the years since the terrorist attacks, thousands of first responders and rescue and recovery workers have become sick due to exposure to toxic air at Ground Zero, but Read MoreRead More
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has recently changed its rules regarding the deadline to register for compensation. Historically, a person who was diagnosed with cancer had a strict 2 year window to register with the VCF, which began on the date that they were first diagnosed. If a person registered after this 2 year window Read MoreRead More
Even though it’s been more than 15 years since the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, it’s important to remember we are still in the “morning after” stage of what will be a long health ordeal. As former NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley stated in 2012, “Cancers take 20 years to develop…and we might Read MoreRead More
FDNY Battalion Chief James Lemonda, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, has called for a national cancer registry to gather information necessary to better treat suffering 9/11 responders. At a press conference two days before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Chief Lemonda voiced support for a proposed Read MoreRead More
Last week, Mike Barasch joined John Feal, 20 first responders and Tom Porter in Congress. Tom is the legislative director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). They met with dozens of republican representatives, trying to convince them and their staff of the importance of extending the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.” 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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