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Firm Attended UFA Delegate Seminar Program

Michael Barasch and firm partners Barry Salzman, Ed Marcowitz and Bruce Kaye  attended this week’s UFA Delegate Seminar Program. Michael met with with IAFF President Harold Schaitberger (see photo) and IAFF VP Pete Gorman about their joint efforts to extend the Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund.  Schaitberger and Gorman recently joined Barasch and his client Joe […]

Autoimmune Study for Sick 9/11 First Responders

The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program is reviewing a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the American College of Rheumatology’s Journal, Arthritis & Rheumatology, and currently available online, regarding the risk of new-onset autoimmune disease in individuals with exposures related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade […]

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kelly Ayotte Push for 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Extension

New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte will join Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in offering a measure urging extension of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The act, aiding former Ground Zero workers in honor of James Zadroga, expires next year. The senators’ proposal is a nonbinding budget amendment, but aims to put lawmakers on record. Ayotte […]

Four More Cancers are Now Covered Under the Zadroga Act

The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act reopens the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The fund was designed to provide compensation for economic and non-economic losses to individuals or relatives of deceased individuals who were killed or physically injured as a result of the 9/11 attacks.  Detective James Zadroga, for whom the Act was named, passed […]

New Yorkers Burdened by Toxic Chemicals

General Electric Company (GE) is accused of understating the damage done by its dumping of toxic chemicals in New York’s Hudson River. Over a 30-year period, GE dumped chemicals in an area about 150 miles north of New York City. Dumping of the chemicals was discontinued in 1977 and since then GE has spent more […]

Officers Accused of Fraudulent Claims for PTSD after 9/11

More than 100 retired police officers, firefighters and correctional officers are being charged with Social Security disability fraud for allegedly faking the extent of their disabilities to unlawfully obtain disability benefits. Many of those accused of scamming the system say their troubles, including psychiatric problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), began after the 9/11 […]

Respiratory Illness Resulting from 9/11

When the World Trade Center collapsed, countless pieces of building materials, office equipment and furniture were destroyed, spreading dust and debris throughout the area. The pulverized building matter was analyzed and determined to be highly toxic. In the months and years following 9/11, rescue and recovery workers have suffered various illnesses. Many people are aware […]

WTCHP: Proposal to Add Prostate Cancer Coverage

In a long-awaited move, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) posted a proposal to the Federal Register on July 2 that would include prostate cancer as a covered illness. If you were present at the disaster area or exposed to toxins or debris from the site, this is important news. Despite […]

Getting Treatment for PTSD

The 9/11 attack was a collective shock to the nation. For some emergency workers, volunteers, and residents, the horror of that day caused a persistent psychological injury. Even a decade later, they have trouble sleeping. Fire engine or police sirens trigger panic. They recall the events they witnessed throughout the day and in their dreams. […]

Protecting the Rights of Those Who Protect Us

The events of September 11, 2001 cast a very public spotlight on the unique dangers faced by New York’s firefighters. They faced those dangers before that terrible day, and they still face them today. That’s the rule, and every firefighter understands it. Nevertheless, when negligence, carelessness or deliberate acts such as arson make the job […]


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