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Why the 9/11 Community is More Vulnerable to the Coronavirus and Must Enroll in the Free WTC Health Program
Well before the recent national health crisis, tens of thousands of people in the 9/11 Community had been diagnosed with serious respiratory illnesses and/or cancer. Doctors have warned us that everyone who has been diagnosed with asthma, chronic bronchitis & sinusitis, interstitial lung disease or cancer has a compromised immune system. They are therefore much more vulnerable to the Coronavirus than the general population. Sadly, our law firm lost its first 9/11 first responder to the virus just this past week.
Now more than ever, it is imperative that all those in the 9/11 community — responders, downtown office workers, residents, students & teachers — enroll in the free nation-wide World Trade Center Health Program…even if you are currently healthy. The doctors in the WTCHP have treated more chronic respiratory illnesses than any other doctors. You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this free program, God forbid you get COVID-19.
Please watch NYU Doctor Michael Weiden, my partner Lee London and I discuss the risks to the 9/11 community during the health crisis, and why everyone should access benefits that they are owed.
Please share this video with anyone you know who was exposed to the World Trade Center toxins and could be particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus. Our firm is encouraging everyone to enroll in the Health Program now. We will help them enroll at no charge.
Should you or your former co-worker, neighbor, fellow responder or friend have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at [email protected], or we can be reached by phone at 212-385-8000. The VCF and the Health Program both remain open and so is our firm (most of us are working remotely).
I urge everyone to please take this health crisis seriously and stay safe.
Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
"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
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.
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.