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9/11 Benefits Attorneys Help Former Students Suffering from WTC Cancers

Dedicated lawyers want to see you get the benefits you deserve

The day was harrowing. You went to school as normal, but were suddenly plunged into a war zone. Then, as soon as the dust settled, and well before it was cleaned up, you were back in school. The grownups pretended everything was back to normal. They said the air was safe, and you wanted to believe them. Unfortunately, with the passage of time, we’ve learned that the air in lower Manhattan was anything but safe following the World Trade Center attacks. Today, more than 16 years after the release of deadly toxins, more and more people like you, who were students on that day, are developing life-threatening cancers. Help is available through the WTC Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), and Barasch & McGarry wants to see you get the help you deserve.

Former students are eligible for Zadroga Act benefits

In 2010, Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and later reauthorized the Act in 2016. Under the law, the WTC Health Program provides free health screenings and medical treatment for survivors of the terrorist attacks. This help is not limited to responders: it also covers bystanders who developed illnesses that can be traced to the toxins released at Ground Zero.

In addition, the Zadroga Act established the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to allocate monetary benefits. As of August 2017, the VCF had processed more than 14,000 claims and awarded more than $3 billion. Former students are eligible for VCF benefits in a non-responder category as individuals who attended a school/childcare/adult-care facility in the exposure zone from September 11, 2001 to May 30, 2002. There are potentially thousands of claimants for this category, but as of August 31, 2017, only 60 claims had been submitted.

Qualifying as a former student for the VCF

Former students can prove their eligibility for VCF benefits by demonstrating two facts:

  • Attendance at a school south of Canal Street during the 2001–2002 school year; and
  • Diagnosis of a cancer or specific respiratory illnesses linked to the toxic dust of the WTC

At Barasch & McGarry, we have helped several clients who were enrolled at Stuyvesant High School, less than a quarter mile from Ground Zero, and have since developed cancers. But these students — suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and more — are only the beginning of what experts fear is a growing cancer cluster. Former students also suffer from an alarming rate of pulmonary disorders related to the WTC toxins.

Spreading the word to former NYC students

Together with the United Federation of Teachers and parent-teacher organizations, our law firm is working to get the word out to affected individuals. We’ve started with a dozen schools in the contamination zone, but we are well aware that many former students have left the greater New York area and live where the benefits of the WTC Health Program are not widely publicized. They are largely unaware of available benefits and often don’t connect their illness to 9/11. Ultimately, we are determined to help every 9/11 survivor who is suffering from toxic exposure.

Deadline to register for VCF has been extended

If you are a student who has been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers linked to the WTC toxic dust, you have two years to register for VCF benefits. That two-year period starts when the WTC Health Program makes you aware that your cancer was linked to WTC exposure. If you are the relative of a former student who died from a WTC-linked cancer, you may be eligible for benefits, but you must register within two years of your loved one’s death.

Contact Barasch & McGarry to pursue your WTC benefits

Barasch & McGarry has been fighting for WTC survivors since the beginning. Our firm has collected more money from the Victim Compensation Fund for its injured clients than any other law firm, and we are determined to help as many former students as possible. Call us at 888.351.9421 or contact us online to discuss your rights.

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