NY Personal Injury Attorney Michael Barasch Praises Decision to Add 50 Types of Cancer to Illnesses Covered by the Zadroga Act

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New York attorney Michael Barasch of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson applauds the announcement that 50 cancers – including respiratory, lung and blood cancers – are now covered under the Zadroga Act for 9/11 first responders and residents.

NYC personal injury attorney Michael Barasch

NYC personal injury attorney Michael Barasch

There is now ample scientific evidence linking 9/11 toxic dust to cancers as well as respiratory and other illnesses already on the diagnosis list.

The first responders were there for us. Now we're now going to be there for them.

Just one day before the eleventh anniversary of the United States 9/11 terrorist attacks, the government has announced that 50 cancers – including lung and other respiratory cancers, blood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma – will now be covered under the Zadroga Act, a victim compensation fund created for 9/11 first responders and area residents.

As an advocate for this addition since 2003, attorney Barasch is pleased with the decision, but continues to work tirelessly for those still suffering from 9/11 illnesses from the dust and debris left in the buildings’ rubble. Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson represents over 6000 first responders and residents who sustained WTC illnesses and cancer.

"There is now ample scientific evidence linking 9/11 toxic dust to cancers as well as respiratory and other illnesses already on the diagnosis list," explained Barasch, when interviewed by national and local media. "The first responders were there for us. Now we're now going to be there for them.”

The Zadroga Act

The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act provides free medical care to 9/11 responders for injuries and illnesses resulting from their service in or around the World Trade Center site, as well as those who lived and worked in the area. Moreover, the Act reopens the previously closed September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and expands eligibility to those who developed an illness or injury outside of the first 72 hours following the WTC 9/11 attacks.

Until the announcement on September 10, 2012, the Zadroga Act did not include cancer as a covered diagnosis. Barasch has been a prominent voice in lobbying the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to add 14 categories of cancers to be covered under Zadroga claims.

About the Firm

The New York personal injury lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson represented more than 1,500 firefighters and other Ground Zero workers who filed claims with the original Victim’s Compensation Fund (VCF). The firm currently represents more than 2,000 first responders with pending Zadroga VCF 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 Salzman & Penson 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 VCF. 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.

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