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

Dedicated lawyers facilitate claims to the Victim Compensation Fund

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
  • 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 there is no access to the WTC Health Program. 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 you are made 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.

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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