New York Personal Injury Attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson Warn of Sequestration’s Impact on Zadroga Compensation Act

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Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson PC fights to save James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which may lose $200 million because of sequestration.

We fought hard for over one thousand Victim Compensation Fund award recipients, and then we fought hard for the James Zadroga Act. We aren’t stopping now.

According to statements given in a CBS New York article, sequestration may cut up to $200 million from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, even though the bill has its own revenue streams, which pay for a compensation fund and treatment program as well as debt reduction. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson are fighting to restore the Act.

“The dedicated heroes, workers and lower Manhattan residents who have suffered lasting injuries deserve and need the funds that the Act is dedicated to send their way. We mustn’t let political squabbling deprive them of their rights,” says Michael Barasch, Esq., partner at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson. “We fought hard for over one thousand Victim Compensation Fund award recipients, and then we fought hard for the James Zadroga Act. We aren’t stopping now.”

The sequester, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2013, cuts $1.2 trillion from the domestic and defense-related budgets over nine years. The Zadroga Act would lose an estimated $29 million this year alone. United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Peter King have introduced new legislation to fix a technicality in the law and permanently exempt the 9/11 program from sequestration.

Detective James Zadroga — friend and client of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson — died of pulmonary disease in 2006 as a result of toxic materials ingested during his work as a 9/11 First Responder and the subsequent clean-up. He came to represent the multitude of workers whose health deteriorated after 2003, and whose medical care and compensation were covered by the Zadroga Act. According to a CBS News article, the $4.3 billion fund was one of the federal government’s “mandatory” spending programs, shielded from the annual budget-making process. However, the program was due to go into effect on March 1, 2013, the day the sequester began. The Zadroga Act is fully paid for, reduces the deficit and would have been immune from automatic cuts to domestic programs, had it been signed into law just 11 months earlier.

About the Firm

The mission of the personal injury law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC is to provide legal assistance and support to those who are unable to help themselves. Serving clients from New York, the firm is one the most prominent, concentrating in the areas of:

  •     Personal injury
  •     Wrongful death
  •     Medical malpractice
  •     Firefighter rights
  •     World Trade Center illnesses

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC enjoys an outstanding reputation with people of every background, ethnic group and profession in New York. Our accident lawyers represent seriously injured victims from all types of accidents and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients at trials and in settlements.

Founded in 1994, the lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC have more than 100 years of combined experience. For more information about the firm, please go to http://www.personalinjuryjustice.com/ or call (888) 746-8212.

11 Park Place
Suite 1801
New York, NY 10007
(888) 746-8212

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