9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Sheila Birnbaum issued an important new report this week on the status of claims processing for first responders and other victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. See the key dates on the 911 Zadroga Act Reauthorization Timeline here. The Special Master highlighted the fact that the Fund… Continue Reading
The 9/11 WTC presumption is not only important in the Fernandez firefighter pension case, but it is equally important in 9/11 WTC cancer cases. After all, how is a disabled 9/11 hero supposed to prove that 9/11 related cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, kidney cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, prostate cancer, melanoma cancer of the skin, colon cancer or bladder cancer?
Please celebrate with us the recent passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.
As Thanksgiving 2015 approaches, some may wonder what we should be grateful for as our world copes with the barbaric actions of ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorist groups. However, the death from cancer last week of Diane DiGiacomo, an ASPCA special investigator who helped rescue animals around Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, reminds us… Continue Reading
“Unfortunately, 9/11 first responders, workers, volunteers and downtown residents are calling our office every day after being diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer,” Partner Daniel Hansen said
My third year of teaching the course Protective Legislation for Workers was the charm.
Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP would like to urge you to preserve your right to New York worker’s compensation benefits if you participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center from 9/11/2001 through 9/12/ 2002. File a WTC-12 form (www.wcb.ny.gov/WTC12) with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board by 9/11/14…. Continue Reading
It is also a sad day for the overwhelming majority of New York Disability lawyers with integrity. The lawyer who allegedly orchestrated the decade’s long scam, Raymond LaVallee, was a person I never met despite being a Social Security disability lawyer myself for over 22 years. I never saw him at local or national Social Security Bar Association events or seminars. Like many such alleged fraudsters, he appears to have slithered in the isolated murky waters that often accompany those who live to scam – rather than live to serve.
Last week Governor Cuomo signed an important new bill that re-opened 911 workers’ compensation registration and disability pensions for Ground Zero workers. The new registration deadline is set for September 11, 2014, but re-opens registration and filing for previously denied claims. Therefore, any 9/11 worker who was previously denied workers’ compensation because they failed to register… Continue Reading
Victim Compensation Fund was re-opened as part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2011 and allows up to $2.8 billion for survivors and first responders suffering from a specific list of cancers and other ailments as a resulting from the tragedy.
World Trade Center Health Program proposes rule to add prostate cancer to list of 9/11 covered illnesses under Zadroga Act and WTC Victim Compensation Fund
After six years of representing my Second Circuit colleagues on the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR) Board of Directors, I am stepping down to take on new challenges – including teaching a Social Security Disability Law course at a local law school. I will remain on the NOSSCR Advocacy Committee. Thankfully, my good friend… Continue Reading
You can read more details on the 9/11 WTC Cancer Final Rule at the Zadroga Claims Info site here
At the end of the day, after completing all the mundane yet necessary parts of an active 9/11 claim law practice, encouraging stories like those shared today keep us going. Thank you to all the 9/11 cancer survivors who called and shared your extraordinary stories. Your heroism did not stop after you left the crash site!
I have long advocated for this cancer coverage and testified before Dr. Howard at public hearings urging this exact outcome. Many others did the same and more. Today is a great victory for all the 9-11 responders and survivors fighting cancer today. Please remember those who have already passed in your prayers.
William J. Turley, Managing Workers’ Compensation Partner in our Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County office, andCraig E. Rosasco, Managing Workers’ Compensation Partner in our Nassau County office attended the Workers’ Memorial Mass tonight at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bay Shore.
WTC STAC Committee voted at their meeting today (3/28/12) to exclude prostate cancer from the list of 9/11 related illnesses they will reccommend be included under the Zadroga Act
9/11 WTC Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). It is hoped that they will strongly support their initial draft report to NIOSH Director, John Howard, MD, which recommends inclusion of cancer among those illnesses covered under the Zadroga Act.
See my complete, hopeful prediction on which WTC cancers should be covered by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund at the Zadroga Claims Info website here. But the short version is as follows: Blood Cancers, including Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Head, Neck and Throat cancer Oral cancer, including Tongue Cancer and Nasopharyngeal Cancer Thyroid Cancer… Continue Reading
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“Here we are almost one year after President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 into law, and all the “pre-season” hard work of the Special Master and the Department of Justice brought us to the real “Opening Day” of the Victim Compensation Fund,” Mr. Rosasco said. “Now the long season of individual compensation claim evaluations and potential hearings will begin.” “A roadblock that claimants faced in order to get their fair share of the $2.775 billion Victim Compensation Fund has finally been lifted,” Mr. Rosasco’s partner, Daniel J. Hansen said. “Thanks to the Special Master, claimants will have ample time to fill out the forms. Now that all the formalities have been taken care of, these heroes who unknowingly worked in the face of danger are able to receive the compensation they justly deserve.”
The Victim Compensation Fund is currently taking “eligibility” applications, which are different than the actual “compensation claim” forms due at the end of November 2011. Potential claimants with questions can call the official Victim Compensation Fund Toll Free Number at 1-855-885-1555, or feel free to call me at 1-855-WTC-INFO.
Ms. Fortino interviewed my good friend and 9/11 survivor, Jack Delaney. Jack was Director of Emergency Medical Services for New York Presbyterian Hospital and responded so quickly to the World Trade Center that he was caught in the rubble when the buildings collapsed. (Read Jack Delaney’s incredible story of 9/11 and it’s aftermath here).
People like Jack, who will never tell you the full extent of their injuries, are the ones most deserving of benefits under the Zadroga Act, and the ones we will be fighting for.
Troy Rosasco was recently profiled by the Long Island Business News in an article entitled “The Good Fight”. The article appeared in the newspaper’s “Two Minutes” interview column and discussed the new Zadroga 9/11 Compensation Act. It discusses his long committment to 9/11 victims and the fight to get the Zadroga Act passed.