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New York City Legal Guidance for Out-of-State 9/11 Responders

Pursuing WTC exposure cases no matter where you live

The tragedy of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 drew countless volunteers from across the country to New York to help their fellow Americans. Many stayed for days or weeks. Unfortunately, while they were here, these volunteers were exposed to very high levels of toxins in the debris and dust surrounding the World Trade Center site. Many now suffer from debilitating and deadly disorders.

The attorneys at Barasch & McGarry can help you obtain medical care and compensation under the Zadroga Act, regardless of where you live. If you lived in New York at the time of 9/11 and later moved, or you came from out of state to help, we advocate for the benefits you deserve.

Those we help

Any person who worked as a rescue, recovery or cleanup worker or performed maintenance work in the New York City disaster area during specific timeframes may qualify for benefits.

Residency is not a requirement. However, documentation of your presence at the disaster site is required. This seemingly simple verification can be more difficult than many expect, especially more than a decade later. That is where we can help.

Our law firm helps responders apply for and document a Zadroga claim. From our downtown office, we saw firsthand the heroic efforts of so many people who came to aid our city. We want to do everything in our power on their behalf. Our out-of-state clients include:

  • Construction workers
  • Contractors
  • Responders who lived or worked in NYC on Sept. 11, 2001

What is covered by the Zadroga Act

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, passed as H.R. 847, provides medical and financial benefits to responders, volunteers, downtown workers and residents who performed rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup or related support services, or who lived or worked in the disaster zone.

The act covers a host of post-9/11 illnesses. Initially, coverage focused on respiratory disorders and diseases. In 2012, after several studies suggested links between the toxin exposures at the site and an increased risk of many cancers, the act was revised to include cancers caused by 9/11.

Responders can depend on our lawyers for valuable guidance

If you or someone you love was a WTC responder from outside New York, or lived in New York but has since relocated out of state, learn how an experienced attorney at our firm can help you determine if you have a claim. Because we charge nothing for the initial consultation, you have nothing to risk. Please contact Barasch & McGarry online or by phone at 888-351-9421. Our assistance can make the complex claims process simple and straightforward.

If you do not live near New York City or are unable to travel, we arrange your first, free consultation by telephone.

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.

    Register For Compensation

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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