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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.

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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  • "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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