New York, NY (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Adding 50 types of cancer to the list of diagnoses covered in the Zadroga Act to compensate Ground Zero workers and other victims of the toxic dust generated by the World Trade Center collapse in 2001 is the right thing to do, according to NY personal injury lawyer Michael Barasch of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson. "Victims with cancer will be able to apply to the Zadroga Fund for compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering, when the diagnoses are officially added after the final public comment stage is complete," Barasch explained.
"Now that cancer is going to be recognized as an approved diagnosis eligible for compensation, many of the victims who contacted my office in the past will have a chance to submit claims," said Barasch. "I've been advocating for this change since 2003. I urge Ground Zero workers, residents who lived in the area in 2001, and any others with serious exposure to WTC toxic fumes to contact an attorney immediately to see how the rule change affects their legal rights." Barasch was the attorney for James Zadroga, the NYPD detective for whom the act was named.
The "Science/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act voted to recommend adding certain types of cancer to the program in April," Barasch said. Hearings were held before the decision was made—Barasch testified before the STAC in March and urged the committee to include certain cancers to the list of covered illnesses.
Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health took the STAC recommendation under advisement and in June announced his decision to include 50 specific cancer victims to the list of covered illnesses. There is a final public review and comment phase that may last a couple of months. After that, cancer victims may begin making claims, Barasch said.
"The VCF [Victim Compensation Fund] was set up to compensate those who were harmed by the vicious 9/11 terrorist attack. Now that cancer has been added, the fund can take care of those who were injured most seriously," Barasch said.
About Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC
Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson represented the Zadroga family and thousands of other first responders who were injured as a result of their exposure to toxins at the WTC sites. Advocating for these victims has made Barasch one of the leading attorneys on behalf of the 9/11 community. He regularly meets with the VCF's Special Master and Department of Justice to ensure that the Fund is fair and runs smoothly.
New York personal injury lawyers at 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 Victim Compensation Fund claims.
One of New York's most prominent law firms concentrating in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and firefighter rights, the firm is known for its efforts lobbying Congress to pass the Zadroga VCF Act.
Barasch McGarry attorneys represent seriously injured victims from all types of accidents. The lawyers at the firm recovered nearly $1 billion 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 .