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General Questions

  • Am I a “Responder” or a “Survivor”?
  • WTC Health Program vs. VCF: Do I Qualify for One or Both?
  • Are There Any Benefits to Retaining an Attorney for My VCF Claim Rather Than Pursuing It On My Own?
  • Does Filing a Claim With the VCF Affect My Immigration Status?
  • Coping With Events That Trigger Memories of 9/11
  • If I Retain Your Firm for the Lawsuit Resulting From the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), Can I Also Make a VCF Claim?
  • What are the Geographical Boundaries for the WTC Health Program vs. the VCF and What Does That Mean Regarding My Eligibility?

World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) Questions

  • What is the Nationwide Health Program Network?
  • Can I Participate in the WTC Health Registry?
  • What is the WTC Health Registry and How is it Different From the WTC Health Program?
  • What Conditions Does the WTC Health Program Cover?
  • What is the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program? What is the process of getting certified?
  • If I Join the WTC Health Program, Can I Keep Seeing My Personal Doctor?
  • I Now Live Outside of the United States. How Can I Get My Health Condition Certified?
  • Where Can I Get Treatment From the WTC Health Program?
  • If I Have Been Waiting to Get an Appointment With the WTC Health Program for Months, Will This Harm My VCF Claim?
  • If I Have an Illness That is Not Covered by the WTC Health Program, Should I Enroll in the Program Anyway?
  • I am Retiring and Moving Out of New York. Can I Still Receive WTC Health Program Treatment and Monitoring Without Coming Back to NY?
  • It is Difficult for Me to Get Around. Do I Have to Come Into the Office to File a Claim? What About If I Cannot Travel to a WTC Health Program Clinic?

Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Questions

  • What is the Zadroga Act and What Does it Cover?
  • How Do I Register for the VCF?
  • What is the New VCF Registration Deadline and What Is Its Impact?
  • If I Have an Old Certification Letter That is Past the Two Year Deadline, Am I Still Eligible for a VCF Claim?
  • Will the VCF Expire or Run Out of Money?
  • How Long Will It Take My Claim to Be Paid?
  • I Received My Award Determination Letter. How Long Until I Can Expect to Receive My Check?
  • How Do I Know If My Award is Fair?
  • I Recently Received a Denial Letter From the VCF for Additional Compensation for My Conditions. Is There Anything I Can Do Moving Forward?
  • If I Don’t Receive an Award for My Illnesses, Do I Owe the Law Firm any Fees for Their Efforts?
  • I Have Multiple Certified Conditions. Does Each Condition Increase My Award Amount?
  • Can I Recoup Medical Expenses I Paid as a Result of My 9/11-Related Condition?
  • Do You Have to Be a U.S. Citizen to Apply to the VCF?
  • Am I Waiving My Right to Participate in Future Lawsuits if I Register With the VCF? Do I Waive My Rights in the Future if I Am Awarded Compensation From the VCF?
  • I Started a Claim for My Child, But He/She is Now Over 18. What Should I Do?
  • Who Can Submit a Claim on Behalf of a Deceased Responder or Survivor?
  • Is My Other Income Deducted From My VCF Award?
  • Do I Need to Prove I Lost Income or Property In Order to Qualify for a VCF Award?
  • If I am Disabled as a Result of My WTC Conditions, But I Do Not Have a Disability Determination, Can the VCF Issue Me a Disability Determination?
  • How Do I File a Claim If I’ve Changed My Name Since 2001 or After I Filed My Claim?

Proof of Presence Questions

  • If I Was a Resident Below Canal Street, What Should My Affidavits Say?
  • Which Schools are in the WTC Disaster Zone?
  • What Documents Can Students Use as Proof of Presence?
  • Who Should I Ask to Fill Out My Affidavits?
  • Can I Use Pictures of Myself in the Exposure Zone to Prove I Was There?
  • What If I Can’t Find Proof of Presence That I Was in the WTC Exposure Zone?
  • If My Proof of Presence Isn’t Accepted, Can I Appeal the Decision?
  • Is There Anything I Should Do If I Was Downtown After 9/11 But I Am Not Sick?
  • Join our 9/11 “Witness Protection Program”: Why it’s crucial to get your proof of presence now.
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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.

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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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