Upcoming Hearing will Address Reauthorizing the Zadroga Act, Parker Waichman LLP Comments

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act on June 11, 2015. The bill seeks to extend medical care and compensation to rescue workers and survivors who became ill due to the attacks.

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We continue to support efforts to renew the Zadroga Act.”

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that has spent many years fighting to ensure that the heroes of 9/11 terrorist attacks are never forgotten, comments on an upcoming hearing involving the Zadroga Act. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.'s posted on June 1, 2015 that a House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee hearing will be held to discuss the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. Congressman Pallone is a ranking member of the committee, and an original co-sponsor of the bill, which seeks to extend benefits to 9/11 survivors who became ill due to the attacks.

According to Parker Waichman, many injured first responders depend on the Zadroga Act's two programs, the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The WTC Health Program provides medical treatment and health monitoring to survivors, while the VCF provides compensation to individuals who became ill or died, as well as their families. “We are pleased to see that legislators are taking action to reauthorize the Zadroga Act,” said Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. “These benefits are crucial to thousands of 9/11 heroes who selflessly sacrificed their health and well-being.”

“We owe it to the 9/11 first responders to reauthorize the Zadroga Act, and I am pleased that we were able to secure this hearing,” Congressman Pallone said, according to the release. “The hearing is the critical first step in ensuring the first responders who answered our call for help when we needed them most continue to receive the care they need and deserve as they deal with the after-effects of their service at Ground Zero.”

Parker Waichman has actively worked toward passage of the Zadroga Act, which was passed in 2010. The firm’s actions include, in part, grass roots and lobbying efforts and trips to the nation’s capital led by Mr. McCauley, often, along with the firm’s clients. Mr. McCauley and Parker Waichman continue to support the Zadroga Act and continue to support efforts to extend the Act’s timeline and its scope.

“As a firm that has fought for the rights of numerous first responders, we understand the severity of 9/11-related conditions, and the impact it has on individuals and their families,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman. “We continue to support efforts to renew the Zadroga Act.”

Parker Waichman LLP, which worked, and continues to fight, alongside Ground Zero first responders, survivors, and their advocates, to help ensure passage of the Zadroga Act and its amendments, vows to continue its efforts to safeguard these heroes and ensure that they receive all of the Zadroga Act compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one are eligible for compensation under the Zadroga Act, and would like assistance with your claim, or if you or a loved one have been injured as a result of toxic exposure, please visit Parker Waichman's website or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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