Firefighters Show Support for Zadroga Act Renewal at House Subcommittee Hearing, Parker Waichman LLP Comments

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At a recent House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, so many firefighters showed up that a larger venue was needed.

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These responders selflessly answered the call for help; they and their families deserve Zadroga benefits.

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 a recent legislative hearing on renewing the Zadroga Act held by the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee. On June 20, 2015, The New York Daily News reported that 56 firefighters showed up at the hearing, prompting the need for a larger room. Despite moving the hearing to a larger venue due to the number of attendees, firefighters still crowded the room, reflecting a strong show of support renewal of the Zadroga Act. “We’ll roll a bus up in front of your office; we’ll blow up your phones,” said 9/11 advocate John Feal, according to the NY Daily News. “They can call that a threat. If it takes lighting a fire under their butt, that’s what we’re going to do.”

According to Parker Waichman, many injured and ill first responders require the Zadroga Act's benefits to manage serious health conditions and medical expenses. The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program provides medical treatment and monitoring, while the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation; the WTC Health Program and VCF comprise the Zadroga Act’s program. “These individuals sacrificed their health and well-being during 9/11, and now they are suffering because of it,” said Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. “The firefighters who showed up to the hearing in Washington D.C. have shown their strong, united support for renewing these benefits. Now, it is time for Congress to act.”

Parker Waichman actively worked toward the 2010 passage of the Zadroga Act, including taking part in 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 the efforts to extend the Act’s timeline and its scope.

Parker Waichman comments that renewing the Zadroga Act may save the lives of many 9/11 first responders and survivors. “The fact that so many firefighters showed up to the hearing reflects what a large impact the Zadroga Act benefits have on these sick and injured heroes,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman. “These responders selflessly answered the call for help; they and their families deserve Zadroga benefits.”

Parker Waichman, 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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