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Tribute to 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers Takes Shape

With each passing year, we learn more about the terrible health toll suffered by the men and women who worked at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. These World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers will be honored with a fitting monument at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial, comprised of six granite monoliths laced with steel salvaged from the Twin Towers, should help remind the public that 9/11-related illnesses are still being diagnosed among these workers and that funds are needed to assist them.

Created by Vermont’s Rock of Ages granite manufacturing company and built with approximately $5 million of public and private funds, this tribute will permanently recognize rescue and recovery workers on the Memorial Plaza. It is slated to be dedicated on May 30th.

The memorial complements practical efforts being made to help these dedicated individuals, many of whom are victims of cancer and respiratory illnesses. These include:

  • Availability of benefits — Because dust at the World Trade Center site included toxic particles, cleanup workers who served between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 can receive compensation for a related cancer diagnosis or respiratory illness.
  • Possible permanent authorization — Though new instances of 9/11-related illnesses continue to emerge, federal benefits under the Victim Compensation Fund are currently scheduled to expire on December 18, 2020. This means that without further action, WTC responders whose condition is diagnosed after that date will not have access to any of these funds. A bill has been drafted to authorize the VCF permanently, but the government shutdown and other factors have delayed its passage.

From the initial days after the 9/11 attacks, when health risks associated with the site were downplayed, through today, rescue and recovery workers have faced an uphill battle to obtain the compensation they deserve for illnesses they have contracted.

The attorneys of Barasch & McGarry have never lost sight of the sacrifice made by rescue and recovery workers. We’re proud to fight on their behalf in legal proceedings and in the public square to secure reimbursement for their harm. If you or a loved one was part of the effort to dig out and clean up after the World Trade Center attack, you can schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney by calling 888-351-9421 or contacting us online.

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    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.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

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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A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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