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Our Firm Has Recovered Over $2 Billion

More than 5,000 of our clients have received compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

  • $3,254,242

    for wrongful death due to 9/11-related asthma

  • $3,700,651

    Acute lymphoid leukemia; Acute myeloid leukemia

  • $2,811,150

    Malignant neoplasm of skin site

  • $2,114,559

    Multiple myeloma

  • $1,934,316

    Malignant neoplasm of nasopharynx; Malignant neoplasm lip & oral cavity

  • $1,848,836

    Intrahepatic bile duct carcinoma

  • $1,827,279

    Malignant neoplasm of breast

  • $1,812,981

    Malignant neoplasm of bladder

  • $1,544,371

    Malignant neoplasm of lower third of esophagus

  • $1,422,694

    for wrongful death due to 9/11-related lymphocytic leukemia

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
  • Never Forget the Heroes Act

    Congress votes for the Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

    • The VCF has been extended 72 years, to 2092. Claimants may file new or amended claims for the next 72 years.
    • The VCF is required to pay claimants the full amount of their award. Those claimants whose awards were cut by the Special Master because of insufficient funding (after February, 2019), will be made whole as soon as new funding is available at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020.
    • The bill was passed in the House on July 12, 2019 (H.R.1327), and the Senate on July 23, 2019 (S.546).

    Image: Congresswoman Maloney, a chief sponsor of the bill that extended the Victim Compensation Fund, was given an FDNY coat by Mike Barasch & FDNY Ret. Det. Rich Alles. She promised to wear the coat every day while on the floor of the House of Representatives, until the bill was passed, in order to shine a light on the importance of this legislation. She kept her promise!

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  • Were You in the 9/11 Exposure Zone?

    Risk areas defined under the Victim Compensation Fund

    The Victim Compensation Fund defines the NYC Exposure Zone as the section of Manhattan south of Canal Street running from the Hudson River to the intersection of Canal Street and East Broadway, north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, and east on Clinton Street to the East River. The zone also includes any area related to or along the routes of debris removal, such as barges and the Fresh Kills landfill.
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  • "Barasch McGarry and 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

  • Michael Barasch & John Feal Urge People to Sign Up

    Michael Barasch & John Feal urge people to sign up for the WTC Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund.
  • “We knew the air wasn’t safe.”

    Michael Barasch speaks to members of the 9/11 Community about the $10+ Billion that is available to responders, downtown office workers and residents.
  • VCF provides unlimited opportunities to amend your claim

    When you settle a personal injury claim, it’s over. But with a VCF claim, you can amend your claim to receive additional benefits if your condition worsens.
  • VCF deadline extended for cancer victims

    You can now file for compensation within two years of learning your cancer is 9/11-related.
  • 68 cancers linked to WTC

    New 9/11-linked cancers and illnesses added every year

    NIOSH reports that 9/11-linked cancers have afflicted nearly 6,000 people; not only responders who performed rescue and recovery, but area residents, workers, teachers, and students. Cancers with particularly long latency periods, such as mesothelioma, are just starting to emerge. Among the 68 cancers linked to 9/11, the most common are:
    • Thyroid cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Skin cancers (basal, squamous, melanoma)
    • Breast cancer
    • Blood cancers (lymphoma & multiple myeloma)
    If you suspect your cancer might be related to WTC toxic dust, contact us immediately. The sooner you act, the sooner you register with the WTC Health Program, the sooner you can receive the benefits you deserve.
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  • Most common WTC-linked illnesses

    Numerous cancers, respiratory and digestive ailments lead among recognized conditions

    If you weren’t caught in the toxic dust cloud that day, you might overlook the connection between your non-cancer illness and 9/11, because the EPA falsely stated the air was safe. Area residents, workers, teachers, and students should be aware of the most common non-cancerous illnesses linked to the WTC toxic dust, which are:
    • Asthma/reactive airway disease
    • COPD
    • Sinusitis
    • GERD
    • Barrett’s esophagus
    • Sleep apnea
    If you have any questions about your eligibility, take advantage of a free consultation with one of our experienced Zadroga Act attorneys. Legal fees are 10%, and contingent on a successful result.
    Is your illness covered?
  • History of 9/11 Zadroga Health and Compensation Act

    U.S. government responds to environmental disaster

    The initial U.S. government response to 9/11 toxicity was not positive. The EPA assured us "the air is safe," urging millions of residents and workers to return prematurely. As the toll of responder illness and death climbed, Congress passed the first James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010. When it became apparent the health crisis had not abated, Congress reauthorized the Zadroga Act in 2016, ensuring victims could receive health screenings, medical benefits, and compensation for 70 years. The Victim Compensation Fund will be open until December 18, 2092.
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  • Trust 9/11 VCF lawyers who fought for NYPD Det. James Zadroga

    Our dedication to victims’ benefits began when health effects became apparent

    Barasch McGarry, Lawyers for the 9/11 Community, have been fighting for 9/11 responders and survivors since the toxic effects of the attack first became known. James Zadroga, the NYPD detective for whom the law is named, was our client. We are a law firm you can trust to evaluate your case and fight for your rights. Call us at 917.636.4661 or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation.
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