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Why You Need a Lawyer

How a skilled attorney can help with your Zadroga Act claim

The Zadroga Act does not require responders or survivors to hire a lawyer to submit claims for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund or for medical care under the WTC Health Plan. But there are several reasons why consulting a lawyer may be to your advantage. At Barasch & McGarry, our WTC lawyers can help you determine whether you are eligible prior to submitting your application. We can also guide you through the process of providing the correct documentation to expedite your eligibility determination — and help you get the benefits you deserve sooner.

Filing claims under the Zadroga Act

The Victim Compensation Fund does not grant claims without accompanying evidence. Claimants must provide documentary evidence of their presence at a 9/11 crash site during the period established in the Zadroga Act. Our experienced Zadroga Act lawyers understand what types of documentary evidence the Fund requires and can help you obtain and submit these documents to substantiate your claim.

In addition to evidence of presence, a claimant must also submit credible medical evidence that they suffered an injury or illness that was a direct result of their presence at a 9/11 crash site. For some types of injury or illness, the connection is presumed. But the list of presumptive illnesses is constantly changing. Our 9/11 lawyers maintain up-to-date knowledge of the conditions that are compensable under federal regulations.

The attorneys at Barasch & McGarry can evaluate your illness to determine if it is presumptively covered and help you obtain the medical records to prove it exists. If your condition is not presumptively covered, we can work with medical professionals to obtain evidence of the causal connection between the 9/11 attacks and your injury. In accordance with federal law, our fee is limited to 10 percent of your recovery. But we nevertheless strive to give each client the personal attention he or she deserves.

Barasch & McGarry — helping set things right

At Barasch & McGarry, we work with 9/11 victims and their families to help them gain the compensation they deserve. While we know that no amount of money could ever make up for your pain and losses, we hope that our efforts can help provide some measure of financial security and peace of mind to those who selflessly gave or innocently suffered following our national tragedy. Please contact us online or by phone at 888-351-9421 to determine eligibility for WTC compensation or to start the process of applying for James Zadroga Act benefits.

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.

    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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