By Michael Barasch | Published April 2, 2019 | | |
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
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
Breast cancer is among the 68 cancers officially linked to exposure to WTC toxins. While this is a disease that primarily affects women, about one in a thousand men will develop breast cancer. The Zadroga Act provides health care and compensation to men suffering from this rare cancer. Unfortunately, some men feel ashamed of their Read MoreRead More
|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.|
Most of the 9/11 community has already heard the sad news about FDNY Ray Pfeiffer’s passing. For 8 years, Ray, fought a heroic battle against cancers that were linked to the WTC toxic dust. Despite crippling pain, he didn’t let his illnesses stop him from making dozens of trips to Congress, demanding that it pass Read MoreRead More
National Geographic recently reported on a study published in the fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Human Resources that revealed a disturbing, but fairly predictable, correlation between exposure to the 9/11 toxic cloud in the early stages of a pregnancy and the baby’s subsequent low birth weight. As researchers Hannes Schwandt and Janet Currie Read MoreRead More
Retired FDNY Lt. Rick Garcia in his Hauppauge home on Nov. 14, 2016. Lt. Garcia has developed a condition called neuropathy stemming from his work at the World Trade Center during 9-11. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) Michael Barasch attended a press conference at Winthrop Hospital where Dr. Marc Wilkenfeld announced the results of Read MoreRead More
First Responders, Local residents, office workers and students with cancer may now be able to assert claims Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice made an extremely important change to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). As a result, many cancer victims who missed the deadline to register for compensation can now do so. Until last Read MoreRead More
Michael Barasch commented on an article that appeared in the April, 2016 “American Thoracic Society” regarding firefighters who were exposed to the WTC toxic dust: “Not surprisingly, there is now empirical evidence that firefighters who responded in the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster and those who worked at the site for 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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