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NY Law Firm Helping WTC Volunteers and Their Families

Attorneys handling complex cancer cases and 9/11 lawsuits

Many September 11, 2001 heroes were volunteers, working amid the debris and smoke because they needed to be there, because they were needed. If you ask, most of them will likely tell you they would do it again without hesitation, even those whose monumental efforts have left them ill. The attorneys at Barasch & McGarry were moved by the courage of so many volunteers in those early days and in the long months of cleanup that followed. From our offices just a few blocks from Ground Zero, we witnessed endless examples of heroism.

Those we help

Today, our lawyers provide powerful advocacy for the volunteers whose exposure to toxins in the dust and debris resulted in lung disease, cancer and other health problems. Our clients include:

  • Off-duty firefighters
  • Off-duty police officers
  • Off-duty emergency responders
  • City workers
  • Construction workers
  • Contractors
  • Clergy members
  • Business owners
  • Everyday workers
  • Students
  • Residents

We are particularly inspired by Sister Cindy Mahoney, who spent six months at the World Trade Center site blessing the remains and praying with bereaved families and workers. She died from lung disease in 2006 at the age of 54.

Breathing disorders covered by the Zadroga Act

The Zadroga Act provides medical and financial benefits to volunteers who performed rescue, recovery, demolition, debris cleanup or related support services in lower Manhattan and at the Staten Island landfill and the barge-loading piers. The earliest recognized post-9/11 illnesses involved the lungs. If you suffer from any of the following, you can file a Zadroga claim seeking free medical care and compensation:

  • Interstitial lung diseases (diseases that cause scarring of lung tissue)
  • Chronic respiratory disorder from fumes/vapors
  • Asthma
  • Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
  • WTC-exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic cough syndrome
  • Upper airway hyperreactivity
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic nasopharyngitis
  • Chronic laryngitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Sleep apnea exacerbated by or related to any of these conditions

Since 2012, volunteers who have developed cancers caused by 9/11 can also receive assistance. The Victim Compensation Fund recognizes a WTC connection to 68 types of cancer.

Wherever you are across the country, our attorneys are here for you. You do not have to live in New York to obtain our help. We pursue cases on behalf of out-of-state responders and volunteers who have moved.

Volunteers can depend on our lawyers for sound counsel

If you or someone you love is a WTC volunteer who is suffering from a related illness, you do not have to go it alone. Please contact Barasch & McGarry online or by phone at 888-351-9421. We provide an accurate assessment of your case and help you through the entire claims process, from application to settlement.

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
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Testimonials
  • "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

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    • 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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