Lawyers Helping NYC Students and Alumni with 9/11 Claims
The day was harrowing. Students were suddenly plunged into a war zone. As soon as the dust settled, and well before it was cleaned up, students were sent back to school. Officials from the EPA and others said the air was safe, but unfortunately, with the passage of time, we’ve learned that the air in Lower Manhattan was anything but safe.
Now, two decades after 9/11, more and more people who were students on that day are developing life-threatening cancers and other severe illnesses because of the toxins in the air on 9/11 and during the 8 following months. Fortunately, there is free health care and compensation available through the WTC Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Barasch & McGarry is the leading law firm helping students, alumni, and all 9/11 survivors get the full and fair compensation and medical benefits they deserve.
Students and Alumni Are Eligible for 9/11 Benefits
In 2019, after dozens of trips down to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress, our firm and many other 9/11 advocates aided in the full funding and permanent extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund— the government fund with over $10 billion to compensate students, alumni, faculty, and school staff who have become sick or have died from WTC-linked cancers and illnesses. Passage of the Never Forget the Heroes Act essentially ensures funds are available to compensate all who are currently sick or get sick in the future.
The second program available to 9/11 survivors is the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) which provides free health screenings and medical treatment. The program covers bystanders, like students, who developed illnesses from the toxins released in the air in Lower Manhattan. This free health care is available nationwide.
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
Schools in the 9/11 Exposure Zone
PS 1 Alfred Smith
PS 2 Meyer London
PS 124 Yung Wing School
Leadership & Public Service High School
Stuyvesant High School
Murry Bergtraum High School
High School of Economics and Finance
PS 184 Shuang Wen School
PS 134 Henrietta Szold School
PS 137 John Bernstein
PS 110 Florence Nightingale
PS 42 Benjamin Altman
PS 130 Hernando Desoto School
PS 142 Amalia Castro School
PS 140 Nathan Straus
PS 188 Island School
PS 126 Jacob Riis
Marte Valle High School
Bard High School
City As School High School
University Neighborhood High School
Chelsea Career and Technical High School
Elisabeth Haub Psce School of Law
New York Film Academy
Carnegie Mellon NY
College of New Rochelle NY
Hunter College of the CUNY
New York Law
St John’s University Manhattan Campus
Bard High School Early College
Cascades High School
Essex Street Academy
Orchard Collegiate Academy
John V Lindsay Wildcat Academy
Leman Manhattan Prep
PS/MS 8 Robert Fulton
Spreading the Word to Former NYC Students
Together with the United Federation of Teachers, many Lower Manhattan schools, and parent-teacher organizations, our law firm is working to get the word out to the 9/11 community. So many of the student and teacher population are largely unaware of available medical and monetary benefits through the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund. They often don’t connect their illness to 9/11. Barasch & McGarry is determined to help every 9/11 survivor who is suffering from toxic exposure.
$3,700,651for a disabled NYC police officer due to leukemia
$3,254,242for wrongful death of a firefighter due to 9/11-related asthma/RADS
$2,811,150for a disabled stock broker due to multiple myeloma
$1,934,316for a disabled teacher due to esophageal cancer
$1,422,694for wrongful death of a downtown office worker due to pulmonary fibrosis
$1,251,411for wrongful death of a paralegal working in a downtown law firm due to breast cancer
$1,345,427for a NYC Police Officer with breast cancer
$1,188,741for a disabled EMT with colon cancer
$1,011,957for the wrongful death of a sound engineer due to bladder cancer
Deadline to Register for Compensation Has Been Extended
Deadlines to register VCF claims are approaching. If you or anyone you know had cancer or lost a family member, reach out to us to register for compensation quickly.
If you were exposed to the toxic air on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed, but have not had your medical condition linked to 9/11, you also still have time to apply for significant compensation. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that your cancer or illness has been certified by the WTC Health Program. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a victim is made aware their condition was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.
For those who died from their WTC-linked condition, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.
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 contact us for a free consultation.
It’s important to act quickly. Find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation from the $10 billion set aside for 9/11 victims. Call us at 212-385-8000 or contact us online today.