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The Zadroga Act Passed — WTC Victims Compensation fund reopened

No other law firm in the country has collected more money from the Victim Compensation Fund for its injured clients than Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is named for our client, former NYPD detective James Zadroga, who died of respiratory disease as a result of his work at the World Trade Center site.

Many people have fallen ill as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the WTC. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, part of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, is groundbreaking legislation intended to provide those suffering from injuries or illnesses related to exposure from the toxic World Trade Center dust and debris with compensation and health care.

When the Victim Compensation Fund first opened in 2001, Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, with its long history of defending firefighter rights, stepped up to help victims receive the maximum awards available to them. We are proud to have represented more than one thousand rescue workers and civilians who were injured in the WTC Attack at the first Victim Compensation Fund. Because of our work, we have the experience to recover the best award possible for our clients. Choosing the experienced, aggressive NY injury lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson affords you the best chance to obtain the maximum recovery for your World Trade Center related illness or injury.

As the attorneys who represented James Zadroga, we know very well how the events of September 11, 2001 have impacted people’s lives. The Zadroga Act provides money for monitoring and treatment  of 9/11-related illnesses  and reopens the WTC victims’ compensation fund to provide financial compensation to victims for their pain and suffering and loss of income. The deadline to submit completed eligibility forms is October 3, 2016 for all claimants! Don’t wait to contact us.

In the days, months and years following the World Trade Center tragedy, a massive clean-up and rebuilding effort was launched in Lower Manhattan. Thousands of individuals spent months at Ground Zero and in the surrounding buildings looking for remains and clearing debris, while breathing in the harmful dust and smoke that contained the toxic and chemical remnants of the World Trade Center Towers.

These dedicated construction workers, police officers, firefighters and asbestos cleaners, as well as the office workers and individuals who lived or went to school in Lower Manhattan, breathed the toxic air and have developed serious, chronic ailments. These injuries may include: asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, asbestosis, certain cancers, chronic sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, GERD, sleep apnea, and depression.

The United States Congress passed the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in recognition of the dire need to provide healthcare and compensation to the heroes who answered the call in our time of need, and then became victims themselves, and to the civilians who lived, worked, and went to school near the WTC site.  The fund is open to individuals who were exposed between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and who have become sick with one of the covered illnesses. You are eligible for healthcare and compensation under the law if you were present at the September 11th crash sites at the time of the crashes or between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, and suffered physical harm as a direct result of the crashes or debris removal.  Personal representatives of those who died as a result of the crashes or debris removal are eligible to bring claims on behalf of the deceased.

Congress originally authorized $2.775 billion to fund the WTC Victims’ Compensation Fund to compensate individuals for their injuries. As of January 2, 2015, the fund approved 9,677 claims and paid more than $804 million. Although the WTC VCF was intended to be an alternative to filing a traditional lawsuit, individuals who brought  a lawsuit in federal court  are eligible to participate in the fund.

Contact us now at 888.746.8212 to learn more about the September 11th Victim Fund and the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and to inquire if you will be eligible to participate.

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