New York Personal Injury Attorneys Barasch & McGarry to Stand by Heroes of 9/11

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WTC and Zadroga family attorneys of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, in conjunction with Kreindler & Kreindler, have pledged to stand by 9/11 first responder clients turned away by another law firm

New York personal injury attorney Michael Barasch

New York personal injury attorney Michael Barasch

WGENB’s clients should ask any prospective attorney one question – how much experience did you have handling VCF cases when the first Fund was open from 2001-2003?

The New York injury lawyers of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, in partnership with Kreindler & Kreindler continue to stand by the heroes of 9/11, pledging not to abandon any World Trade Center first responder clients. As reported by the New York Post, the Worby Groner Edelman Napoli Bern Law Firm (WGENB) has advised its clients that it is unable to represent them for claims under the federal Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) that was reopened by the Zadroga Act. Barasch and Kreindler have teamed up to offer their combined experience and resources to assist any former WGENB client who was injured or sickened by exposure to the Ground Zero toxic dust and air.

Barasch McGarry lawyers have recovered close to $1 billion on behalf of over 1,500 first responders from the original VCF. Likewise, Kreindler & Kreindler has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars from the first VCF of behalf of their clients. Barasch McGarry partner Michael Barasch and Noah Kushlefsky, a partner at Kreindler & Kreindler, meet frequently with WTC VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum to advocate of behalf of the WTC first responder community. As proud members of the Feal Good Foundation legal team, they lobbied Congress to pass the Zadroga Act and are now helping the Department of Justice draft the rules so that they are as fair as possible.

The 2010 Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was named in honor of first responder James Zadroga, an NYPD detective who died from a respiratory illness caused by inhaling WTC toxic dust. Congress has provided $4.2 billion of funding for healthcare and compensation benefits earmarked for those who became sick or disabled, and to families who lost loved ones because of exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

The partnership of Barasch and Kreindler have assured Special Master Birnbaum that the clients transferred by WGENB will not have to obtain their medical records again, nor will they be charged any fees for the seamless transfer of their files.

According to Michael Barasch, “WGENB’s clients should ask any prospective attorney one question – how much experience did you have handling VCF cases when the first Fund was open from 2001-2003? Too few attorneys understand how much work goes into preparing a claim properly to ensure that the victim gets what he or she is entitled to.”

The most common illnesses covered by the Zadroga Fund include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, and more. The Barasch and Kreindler partnership is also fighting to have cancer included as a covered injury.

For more information on eligibility for compensation and help filing a claim, contact Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson at wtc(at)firelaw(dot)com.

About Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson
The law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson represented more than 1,500 firemen and other Ground Zero workers who filed claims with the original VCF. The firm currently represents more than 2,000 first responders with pending Zadroga Fund claims.

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson is one of New York's most prominent firms concentrating in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and firefighter rights. Best known as the firm that represented James Zadroga in his fight to receive compensation for the respiratory disease he contracted because of his work at Ground Zero and for its efforts lobbying Congress to pass the Zadroga VCF Act, the firm enjoys an outstanding reputation.

Barasch McGarry attorneys represent seriously injured victims from all types of accidents. The firm recovered nearly $500 million on behalf of injured and deceased rescue workers from the first Victim Compensation Fund. They have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured clients at trials and in settlements. For more information, see the firm’s website at

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