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  • Nassau County Renames Park in Honor of 9/11 Hero Det. Luis Alvarez

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    Nassau County Renames Park in Honor of 9/11 Hero Luis Alvarez

    By Michael Barasch

    A Nassau County park has been dedicated to Luis Alvarez, the cancer-stricken NYPD detective who in the months before his 2019 death became the face of the movement to secure permanent health and death benefits for thousands of 9/11 first responders. The former Terrell Avenue Park in Oceanside, located less than half a mile from […]

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  • Do I Need a WTC Health Program Certification to File a VCF Claim?

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    Do I Need a WTC Health Program Certification to File a VCF Claim?

    By Michael Barasch

    Many programs have been established in response to medical problems stemming from the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City. Two of the most important ones are the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program. Both can be extremely valuable, but the programs serve different purposes. It’s important to understand that you […]

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  • New Law Extends 9/11 Claim Filing Deadline Through 2090

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    New Law Extends 9/11 Claim Filing Deadline Through 2090

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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  • 9/11 Injuries

    Michael Barasch Interviewed About Teachers and Students Sickened by 9/11 Toxins

    By Michael Barasch

    On July 7, attorney Michael Barasch joined iHeartRadio host Shelli Sonstein on Sonstein Sessions to discuss a little-known aspect of the post-9/11 health crisis: the long-term effects on teachers and students in lower Manhattan in 2001 and 2002. Also on hand were Michal Novemsky and Ronald Valenzuela, students at the time who have since developed 9/11-related cancers, and United Federation of Teachers executive Ellie Engler, also a 9/11 cancer survivor.
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  • WTC Health Program

    WTC Health Program: Its Members and Conditions at a Glance

    By Michael Barasch

    The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 established the WTC Health Program, and five years later, Congress reauthorized the program until 2090. Responders and survivors who register with the program get free health screenings and treatment for 9/11-related conditions. But, largely because of long latency periods for post-9/11 illnesses, many affected individuals […]

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  • Were You There?

    If you were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed, you may be eligible for compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Call us at 888-351-9421 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

  • 9/11 Injuries

    The Long-term Impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers’ Health Is Still Unclear

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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