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NY Personal Injury Attorney Michael Barasch of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson Speaks Out on the 9/11 Health Care Law

New York, NY | Published 2/27/2011

Michael Barasch of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, personal injury law firm in New York, was recently quoted in New York Newsday on the new 9/11 health care law

A longtime advocate of New York City firefighters and rescue personnel, Mr. Barasch represented the late James Zadroga, an NYPD officer and 9/11 first responder. The September 11th WTC 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.

However, the law passed without a provision to aid workers who had earlier agreed not to sue, in order to receive funds from the 2001 Victim Compensation Fund.

In the January 25, 2011 edition of New York Newsday on the 9/11 healthcare law, discussing these possible denials of compensation under the new law, New York personal injury attorney Mr. Barasch was quoted as saying, “It’d be tragic if the one thing these guys did wrong was not get sick enough quick enough to qualify for what now would be compensation rightfully owed to them under Zadroga.”

He also stated that many of those compensated seven years ago now suffer worsened conditions, and that number is “in the hundreds.” Mr. Barasch believes responders who have been forced into retirement in their late 30s or early 40s should receive “hundreds of thousands of dollars” each.

Newsday Article: “New law could deny funding to 9/11 rescuers”

About the firm

The New York City accident lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson belong to one of New York’s most prominent firms concentrating in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and firefighter rights. The firm enjoys an outstanding reputation with people of every background, ethnic group, and profession in New York. The firm’s accident lawyers represent seriously injured victims from all types of accidents.

The firm’s areas of practice include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Airplane accidents
  • Railroad accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Slip and fall
  • Products liability
  • Firefighter law
  • Medical malpractice

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson is especially proud of the awards that the firm’s lawyers have obtained on behalf of thousands of New York City firefighters who sustained injuries in the line of duty.

Founded in 1994, the firm’s lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience. For more information about the firm, please contact Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson online or call 800-562-9190.


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