New York, NY (PRWEB) September 25, 2013
The New York personal injury attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson PC applaud the addition of prostate cancer to the list of cancers covered under the Zadroga Act. Responders with World Trade Center-related prostate cancer are urged to register with the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) before the October 3 deadline or lose their rights to benefits.
“Just days after the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are pleased to see justice being done for the brave 9/11 responders who are ill with prostate cancer or at increased risk of developing the disease. We must never forget what these heroes did for us that day and during the ensuing clean-up. Those who stepped up, with no thought for their own safety, deserve to be taken care of now and in the future. That is why Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson will continue to fight for responders’ rights,” said Michael Barasch , Member at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson PC.
Cancers were not included on the list of illnesses covered when the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 reopened the VCF. Although 60 cancers were added to the list in September 2012, prostate cancer was again excluded. The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association petitioned to have it added when a May 2013 study of 25,000 responders found a 21 percent greater than expected incidence of prostate cancer. The World Trade Center Health Program Administrator responded on July 2 with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. After a period of public comment and medical analyses by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) doctors and scientists, the final rule was posted on September 19.
Responders exposed to 9/11 toxins who became ill before October 2011 have until October 3, 2013 to apply for Zadroga Act economic benefits. A separate registration is required for the Victims’ Compensation Fund , which reimburses qualified first-responders, lower Manhattan residents and others for lost wages and other costs associated with their illnesses. Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson PC, fire officers unions and elected officials are encouraging anyone with symptoms to register. Applications can be amended later as the victim’s health situation changes.
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