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New York Attorneys Pursuing Compensation for WTC Firefighters, Police Officers and EMTs

Law firm investigating cancers and disorders harming 9/11 heroes

An estimated 40,000 people spent countless hours in the months following the September 11 terror attacks combing through the rubble amid acrid smoke and polluted air. The overwhelming majority of the searchers were firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians hoping at first to find survivors and later to recover the missing in order to bring closure.

For many emergency workers, their dedication at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA is being “rewarded” years later with illness and more heartbreak. Toxic dust at the site continues to cause severe post-9/11 illnesses. Emergency personnel turn to the New York law firm of Barasch & McGarry for help obtaining appropriate medical care and compensation. Our law firm devotes a substantial portion of its practice to helping clients wade through the red tape.

A severe impact on lungs

Breathing disorders were evident almost immediately and were the first sign that work at the site might be hazardous. For emergency workers who were vulnerable to lung problems — smokers, asthmatics and others — the dust caused reduced lung function that they could not overcome. Usually, healthy lungs rebound rather quickly from an onslaught, but people who were at risk and those with the greatest exposure continue to suffer and die.

The Zadroga Act initially concentrated on helping victims with respiratory illnesses. The Act was named for James Zadroga, an NYPD first responder and one of our clients who died from respiratory ailments in 2006. The Act provides medical care and compensation for a new occurrence or aggravation of pre-existing conditions due to WTC work exposure.

Cancer-causing toxins

In response to studies demonstrating that responders to the terrorist attacks have higher-than-normal incidence of many types of cancer, the Zadroga Act added coverage for cancers caused by 9/11. As longtime advocates for FDNY firefighters and rescue personnel, we have pursued cases and lawsuits on their behalf outside the 9/11 arena. Today, a large percentage of our practice is devoted to these heroes who have been afflicted by any one of the 68 cancers that are related to their rescue efforts. We help them obtain appropriate treatment and get financial help for them and their families.

Our attorneys keep abreast of the latest developments in the Zadroga Act and their impact on our clients.

We’re here when 9/11 emergency workers need someone on their side

World Trade Center cases can be daunting. There is no need to go it alone. If you or someone you love is suffering from WTC cancer or other chronic condition, Barasch & McGarry in New York works diligently on your behalf to secure financial support and medical treatment. Please contact us online or by phone at 888-351-9421 to discuss your eligibility and the application process for free with a dedicated attorney.

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
Our Attorneys
  • "Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY

  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • 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.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

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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