Dedicated 9/11 Attorneys Fighting for NYC Teachers’ Rights
With the passage of time, it’s become evident that first responders are not the only people sickened by toxins released from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Among the emerging victims are current and former teachers who worked at schools located within the WTC exposure zone: below Canal Street in Lower Manhattan. Federal, state and local governments pushed for a return to normalcy after the attacks, but that push proved premature. Fast-forward many years and teachers who were exposed to toxins in the workplace are developing all the cancers and diseases that have been linked to the toxic 9/11 dust. At Barasch & McGarry, we believe that all victims of 9/11 have a right to health benefits and monetary compensation. We are prepared to fight for yours.
Teacher & School Staff 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claims
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 (VCF)— the government fund with over $10 billion to compensate teachers, 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 teachers and faculty, who developed illnesses from the toxins released in the air in Lower Manhattan. This free health care is available nationwide.
I recently received my VCF payment check. I know a lot of people in your office made this possible with their hard work. Please let them know how much they have helped my family. My thoughts will always be with the hard working people of your firm who made this possible.
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How Teachers Can Qualify For 9/11 Benefits
To prove eligibility for 9/11 benefits from the WTCHP or the VCF, a current or former teacher must satisfy two requirements:
Employment south of Canal Street during the 2001–2002 school year
Diagnosis of a cancer or a specific respiratory illnesses linked to the WTC’s toxic dust
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 About Teacher And Student VCF Eligibility
Many survivors have since left the NYC area and now live in parts of the country where they are unaware of the benefits available to them through these important programs. Many others have been sickened but, because of the passage of time, don’t connect their illness back to 9/11.
For example, Catherine Heron, now retired, was a math teacher at the High School of Economics and Finance at 100 Trinity Place. As she evacuated her students on 9/11, the second tower fell. Catherine and her students found themselves surrounded by toxic dust. Catherine developed lung cancer in 2007, but never knew to register for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund until this year, when the United Federation of Teachers urged retired educators to enroll.
Barasch & McGarry is actively reaching out to survivors who may be suffering to inform them of their rights. We urge you to help in those efforts.
$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.