Representing victims of WTC smoke, dust and debris
At Barasch & McGarry, we believe that we have unique insight into the application and claims process for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Fund. We have decades of experience representing New York City firefighters injured in the line of duty, ensuring that they get the disability and pension benefits they deserve. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, our practice naturally evolved to include obtaining maximum compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for our clients.
As a result, we have had extensive experience with the first version of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. We represented thousands of rescue and recovery workers, as well as Lower Manhattan residents, who suffered illnesses and injuries from the environmental contamination that followed the attack and fire. Founder and partner Michael Barasch has consulted extensively with the director of the September 11th Fund, helping to set up the claims process and make it work for the thousands of people — first responders, residents and commuters — who suffered injury or illness after the attacks.
The original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was designed to compensate people injured or killed during and immediately following the attacks. This fund, which provided compensation to victims and their families in exchange for releasing the airlines and the U.S. government from liability, closed in June 2004. In January of 2011, President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 into law.
The Zadroga Bill
The James Zadroga Bill — named after our client — reopened the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and provides for health evaluations, healthcare and medical monitoring for rescue and recovery workers and other survivors through the World Trade Center Health Program. With this much-needed new law enacted and final regulations at last in place, we look forward to helping all those whose injuries and illnesses have their origin in the attacks of September 11, 2001, but who did not qualify for compensation under the original 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund regulations.
We are proud to be endorsed by the FealGood Foundation, a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to improving the health and welfare of first responders and others who may have been injured, physically or mentally, as result of rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center site.
Experienced and compassionate Zadroga Act lawyers
Many of our clients have suffered injuries and illnesses that were not apparent until after the original WTC Compensation Fund closed, or have conditions that worsened significantly over the years. Many others — seriously ill or injured as a result of contact with or proximity to WTC debris, but who would have been excluded under the old rules — may now qualify for WTC settlement payments under the Zadroga Act.
Barasch & McGarry — helping set things right
At Barasch & McGarry, we want every person injured by the attacks and their aftermath to get the compensation and healthcare they need. Please read through these pages to learn more about what the Zadroga Act does for workers and residents made ill or injured by the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
We invite you to contact us online or call 888-351-9421 with any questions. We can determine whether you qualify and how best to start the application process for benefits to which you are entitled under the Zadroga Act. We offer free consultations and do not charge you anything until you receive a settlement from the Victim Compensation Fund. Our fees never exceed 10 percent of your settlement. We represent injured clients from all over the country, including firefighters and police officers who have since retired and left the city.