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The History of H.R. 847

Law Firm in NY Explains the History of H.R. 847 — The Zadroga Act

Case was instrumental in bringing benefits to WTC responders

Today, first responders and cleanup workers who believe they are ill due to the time they spent at the polluted World Trade Center site have a bit of hope and some financial relief through H.R. 847 — The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

But in the months that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, those responders who first believed their sudden illnesses were related to their Ground Zero work were alone and felt abandoned by their employers, their city and their government. NYPD Detective James Zadroga, a client of Barasch & McGarry, for whom the Zadroga Act is named, was repeatedly denied health and disability benefits. Thousands of others were, too.

Expanding help for post-9/11 victims

H.R. 847 was introduced in early 2009, three years after Zadroga’s death at the age of 34. He was the first NYPD officer whose death was attributed to his contact with toxic debris during his 450 hours of work at the WTC site.

Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, with 115 co-sponsors, H.R. 847 was intended to reopen the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

The bill went through numerous political machinations and garnered much media attention before the House approved it on Sept. 29, 2010. The Senate finally approved the Act on December 22. President Barack Obama signed it into law in January, 2011.

Using H.R. 847 to help brave victims

The Zadroga Act created the World Trade Center Health Program within the Department of Health and Human Services to provide medical monitoring and treatment benefits to eligible emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and residents and other building occupants in the affected areas of New York City. The following services are included in the WTC Health Program:

  • Long-term medical monitoring of enrolled responders
  • Initial health evaluation
  • Follow-up monitoring and treatment, and payment for all medically necessary health and mental healthcare expenses
  • Establishment of an education and outreach program
  • Collection and analysis of health and mental health data
  • Establishment of a research program on health conditions resulting from the terrorist attacks

In 2012, the Act was amended to expand assistance for those suffering from post-9/11 illnesses to include victims of cancers caused by 9/11.

Putting the Zadroga Act to work for you

The attorneys at Barasch & McGarry in New York advocated on James Zadroga’s behalf and continue to do so on behalf of thousands of others who suffer because of their heroism. We helped put the law on the books. We know it inside and out. We can help you file a Zadroga claim that maximizes your benefits.

Let our experience bring the relief you need

No one should feel alone in the quest for benefits under the Zadroga Act. Barasch & McGarry can ease the stress and frustration inherent in government processes. We are on your side and hope to make a difference in the lives of those who sacrificed so much. Do not hesitate to contact our firm online or at 888-351-9421 to speak for free with a lawyer who can help.

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
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  • "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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