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WTC Cancer Deadlines Clarifications and Update on Progress with 9/11 Extension Bill

November 20, 2015 Newsletter

Clarification of WTC Cancer Deadlines

While many deadlines have passed to register with the Victim Compensation Fund, new claims are still available if the cancer was diagnosed within the last two years. Moreover, certain “rare cancers” can still be registered up to 2/18/2016, as long as they were diagnosed after 9/11/05. “Rare cancers” include: Cancers of the testis and penis, male breast, gall bladder, small intestine, thymus, central nervous system, and adrenal gland.

If you know anybody who has been diagnosed with one of these “rare cancers” or has been diagnosed with any of the other 70-odd cancers that have already been linked to the WTC toxic dust within the past two years, please encourage them to speak to an attorney immediately in order to preserve their legal rights.

Progress Being Made To Pass a Permanent 9/11 Bill

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am hopeful that 9/11 first responders and WTC local residents will soon have good news to be thankful for. Congress is inching closer to passing a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act. As of today, 253 Representatives in the House and 66 Senators have agreed to co-sponsor legislation that would fully fund the Zadroga Act and make it permanent. This would ensure that all claimants would be paid their full compensation awards and healthcare will continue for at least another 10 years. Issues such as how this bill will be funded, and specifically for how much longer, are still being debated.

We were thrilled that Senator Marco Rubio, the Florida Senator who is running for President, jumped on board this week. Unfortunately, Senator Ted Cruz, as well as 33 other Senators, have refused to do so. We urge you to continue your phone calls to the Senators as well as to the Republican Representatives who have, thus far, refused to join as co-sponsors of this non-partisan legislation.

Find out which Congressmen have and have not agreed to support the 9/11 Extension Bill.


Mike Barasch met with Senator Kirsti Gillibrand this week to discuss progress being made to extend the 9/11 Health & Compensation Act.

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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.

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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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