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Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund Claims

Helping rescue and recovery workers gain peace of mind

In 2011, Congress reopened the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) through the passage of the Zadroga Act. Prior to this, many responders and rescue and recovery workers who developed delayed-onset illnesses and injuries as a result of their work at the WTC and other 9/11 sites could not qualify for compensation or benefits. But through the Zadroga Act — named for our client, NYPD detective James Zadroga who died from respiratory ailments in 2006 — Congress recognized the government’s continuing responsibility to care for those who developed chronic conditions due to their service following 9/11. The attorneys of Barasch & McGarry are committed to helping ill and injured responders pursue Zadroga VCF claims expeditiously to obtain the medical care and compensation they so fully deserve and desperately need.

Medical care and compensation under the Zadroga Act

The James L. Zadroga Health and Compensation Act provides free medical care to 9/11 responders for injuries and illnesses resulting from their service in or around the World Trade Center site.
Civilians/survivors are eligible for a medical evaluation if they were in the New York City disaster area in Lower Manhattan and northwest parts of Brooklyn on September 11, 2001, or if they lived, worked, went to school or day care, or were otherwise in the area for some time afterward. If the screening shows that you or your children have a condition covered by the WTC Health Program, the doctor will certify that. Everyone with a certification can enroll in the WTC Health Program, and will continue to receive medical monitoring and treatment at no cost. This program is funded by the federal government.” –

Most importantly, the Zadroga Act reopened the previously closed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and expanded eligibility to those who developed an illness or injury outside of the first 72 hours following the attack. At this point, the VCF is going to remain open and accept new claims until December 18, 2020.

Under the Zadroga Act and the Victim Compensation Fund, individuals who were present at a 9/11 crash site between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and suffered an injury or illness as a direct result may qualify for compensation. Workers at the WTC, as well as those who lived or worked in the area, may also qualify for medical treatment under the WTC Health Plan. The new Victim Compensation Fund reopened on October 3, 2011, and responders who knew or should have known of their injury or illness prior to that date were required to file a claim by October 3, 2013. Eligible parties who had their illnesses diagnosed later have two years from the date of diagnosis to file.

Barasch & McGarry — helping set things right

At Barasch & McGarry, we are committed to serving the responders who gave so much in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. We are equally committed to the residents and office workers whose only mistake was believing the EPA when it said “the air is safe.” While we know that no amount of money could ever make up for your pain and losses, we strongly believe that everyone injured, made ill or bereaved by the catastrophe of September 11 should receive as much financial support as possible. Our attorneys work hard to help claimants receive the compensation and medical care they so rightly deserve. Please contact us online or by phone at 888.351.9421 to determine eligibility for WTC compensation or to start the process of applying for Zadroga Act benefits.

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
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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.

    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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