My colleagues and I worked relentlessly to support the creation of the Zadroga Act. Now, because of efforts like ours and many others, more victims are eligible to apply for health care and compensation.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 14, 2011
NY personal injury lawyer Michael Barasch of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson continues his firm’s advocacy for compensation on behalf of victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, according to news sources. The firm represented Detective James Zadroga—the WTC injury victim for whom the 2010 Zadroga Act was named—as well as over 1000 other rescue and construction workers for their claims to receive compensation for the respiratory illnesses that eventually killed Zadroga and disabled hundreds of others.
That experience changed him and his fellow lawyers, according to Barasch. He said the firm lobbied for passage of the James Zadroga bill, which recently re-opened and expands compensation for victims who developed their illnesses after the original victims’ compensation fund was shut down in 2003.
“During Detective Zadroga’s case, it became clear to us that greater action must be taken to help all those who suffered and died in the aftermath of this brutal attack,” says Barasch. “My colleagues and I worked relentlessly to support the creation of the Zadroga Act. Now, because of efforts like ours and many others, more victims are eligible to apply for health care and compensation.”
Barasch said lawyers from Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson were invited to meet with Department of Justice attorneys charged with implementing the Zadroga Act. Many issues were discussed, including the diagnoses to be included and the application process. Barasch said the new application will allow supplemental claims on behalf of those who received small awards from the first VCF and who subsequently found to be disabled.
Barasch has been asked by new Special Master Sheila Birnbaum to help draft the new three part application. The $2.7 billion allotted will be shared by the applicants accepted into the program. Applicants must prove that they sustained a recognized illness as a direct result of their exposure to WTC dust and toxins.
The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) was originally designed to help those injured inside the World Trade Center buildings within 72 hours of the 9/11 attacks. On October 3, the fund was expanded to include victims that were not diagnosed immediately.
About Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson
The law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson has already helped more than a 1,500 firemen and other Ground Zero workers gain compensation from the original VCF. But when the fund closed in 2003, many victims were left with no way to gain much-needed compensation for emerging debilitating illnesses caused by slow-acting toxins, said Barasch. The many forms of cancer contracted by firefighters in the years after 9/11 are still not covered, nor are most psychological conditions, he noted.
The NY personal injury law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC is one of New York's most prominent firms concentrating in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and firefighter rights. Best known as the firm that represented James Zadroga in his fight to receive compensation for the respiratory disease he contracted as a result of his work at Ground Zero, the firm enjoys an outstanding reputation with people of every background, ethnic group, and profession in New York. Barasch McGarry accident lawyers represent seriously injured victims from all types of accidents. They have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of clients at trials and in settlements.
For more information, see the firm’s website at http://www.personalinjuryjustice.com/