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I highly recommend Pitta Baione law firm. Matthew and Chris are prompt to return calls, extremely professional, diligent, attentive and compassionate. They listen to your concerns and don't stop working on your behalf until they get results.

Linda Grandstaff

From our initial phone call, we felt extremely confident in Pitta & Baione. handling our 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim. Their expertise and familiarity with the 9/11 VCF claims process was evident in all that they did to help us with all aspects of our claim. We consistently felt their commitment to us and we continue to consider them a valued and trusted source of support.

Dawn Tauber

The attorneys in this firm were understanding, compassionate, took the time to explain everything that was needed. They kept me up-to-date with the progress of my case and did everything possible to expedite it to a successful conclusion. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who needed the assistance that I did

Robert Crook

Professional, Excellent, Caring and Distinguished Attorneys and Staff who make every client special. Always striving and determined to accomplish a positive end result. They continually keep everyone up to date with the progress and reports about a clients case. An exceptional and considerate firm. I continually refer friends and family as well as anyone looking for a great group. Thank you for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated.

George Kvocka

Matthew and his brother Chris helped me get a settlement so quickly it took my breath away! They were both not only professional and knowledgeable, but they took the time to actually talk to me and get to know me, I didn't feel like just another client, but family. They helped expedite my settlement in record time, when I needed it most!

Leslie Tarver

Christopher Baione is the Partner at the firm who assisted me with my legal needs. During a very difficult time in my life he was very patient, listened to my concerns, always had time to answer my questions and was available via phone or email. I hope to not need to call him again, but if I do, he will be the attorney I will be visiting. Excellent attorney. 5 stars from me

Carmen Fiallo

I thank you for your amazing services, very professional, dad and I were very pleased... we appreciate Mr Matthew Baione very much and staff... we need good people like them to have a better world.


The firm is very professional, in particular the two Baione brothers. The staff that I had and conversations with were pleasant and very cordial. Most of all I was never confused on what was needed from me regarding my case. They have worked as speedy as I could have wished in helping me with my case. Good Group keep up the good work.

John Bucalo

My wife tells me that we were rejected by two other law firms because they felt there was no case.than she found the Baione brothers.not only did they take the case,held our hands the whole time but got us the maximum we hoped to receive


Pitta & Baione Successful Claims

$3+ Million

Breast Cancer
$3+ Million Breast Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a former Lower Manhattan corporate executive who developed 9/11 breast cancer.

$1.95+ Million

Brain Cancer
$1.95+ Million Brain Cancer

Favorable result secured for an NYPD detective who responded to the attacks and later suffered from 9/11 brain cancer.

$1.76+ Million

Lung Cancer
$1.76+ Million Lung Cancer

Secured a wrongful death claim on behalf of a union carpenter who worked on the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 lung cancer.

$1.65+ Million

Thyroid Cancer
$1.65+ Million Thyroid Cancer

Secured a favorable result for an area worker in Lower Manhattan who later developed 9/11 thyroid cancer.

$1.7+ Million

Brain Cancer
$1.7+ Million Brain Cancer

Secured an expedited award for New York State Supreme Court employee who was disabled by 9/11 brain cancer.

$1.3+ Million

$1.3+ Million Leukemia

Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of a Lower Manhattan corporate executive who was diagnosed with 9/11 leukemia.

$1.1+ Million

Lung Cancer
$1.1+ Million Lung Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a union carpenter who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and was later found disabled by 9/11 lung cancer.

$1.1+ Million

Lung Disease
$1.1+ Million Lung Disease

Secured an expedited award for a Local 94 operating engineer who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and was later found disabled by 9/11 lung disease.

$1+ Million

Nasal Cavity Cancer
$1+ Million Nasal Cavity Cancer

Secured an xpedited award for a DSNY sanitation worker who assisted in the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 nasal cavity cancer.

$1+ Million

Brain Cancer
$1+ Million Brain Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a New York City Department of Corrections corrections officer who served as a volunteer responder on 9/11 and later developed a disabling and rare 9/11 brain cancer.

$960K+ Thousand

Lung Cancer
$960K+ Thousand Lung Cancer

Secured a favorable result for a wrongful death claim on behalf of a TWU Local 100 MTA worker who participated in the 9/11 recovery efforts and later developed 9/11 lung cancer.

$770K+ Thousand

Colon Cancer
$770K+ Thousand Colon Cancer

Successfully represented an union carpenter who built temporary structures at Ground Zero as a 9/11 responder and later developed disabling 9/11 colon cancer.

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9/11 Benefits for Teachers

In the aftermath of 9/11, rescue and recovery workers bore the brunt of the exposure to the toxins released when the World Trade Center collapsed, but they are not the only group of professionals exposed. Teachers and other employees at educational institutions in the area — of which there were an estimated 3,000 at the time — were also exposed to dangerous toxins and may be suffering from 9/11-related health conditions today. Fortunately, teachers with qualifying 9/11-related conditions are eligible for benefits under the 911 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). 

How Teachers Can Qualify for Benefits

To qualify for VCF benefits, teachers must satisfy two requirements: 

  1. They must prove they were employed in the NYC exposure zone between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002; 
  2. They must have developed a certified 9/11-related health condition.

There is no minimum amount of time teachers are required to have been present in the exposure zone so long as they can prove their presence at any point during the relevant time frame. 

New York Schools Exposed to Toxic Dust 

Teachers and other employees of schools south of Canal Street likely were exposed to the toxic dust cloud that blanketed the area. Some of those institutions include: 

  • P.S. 001 Alfred E. Smith
  • P.S. 89 Liberty 
  • P.S. 124 Yung Wing Elementary School
  • P.S. 126 Jacob August Riis
  • P.S. 150 Tribeca Learning Center
  • P.S. 234 Independence School
  • P.S./I.S. 234 Battery Park City School
  • P.S. 397 Spruce Street School
  • I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Church Street School of Music and Art
  • German School Manhattan 
  • High School of Economics & Finance
  • Leadership and Public Service High School
  • Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 
  • Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
  • New York Law School
  • Pace High School
  • Pace University 
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • TriBeCa Community School 

Important 911 Victim Compensation Fund Deadlines

To begin the claims process, teachers must register with the VCF within two years of the latest date on which the WTC Health Program certifies their health condition as 9/11-related. Please note that this is not necessarily the date on which the condition was first diagnosed, but rather the date on which the claimant was made aware that the condition likely arose from exposure to 9/11-related toxins. Once a claimant has registered with the VCF, he or she may formally submit a claim at any time before the expiration of the program (October 1, 2090). 

Contact Us for More Information about 911 Victim Compensation Fund Benefits for Teachers

For more information about teachers’ eligibility to receive 911 victim compensation fund benefits, please contact an experienced attorney at Pitta & Baione by using our online contact form or by calling us at 844-982-2667.

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