Pitta & Baione, LLP: Zadroga Lawyer
What is the Zadroga Act?
In 2010, Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (the “Zadroga Act”). The act was originally named to honor a New York Police Department officer who died after being exposed to toxic dust and debris from the World Trade Center.
A Zadroga lawyer at Pitta & Baione, LLP focuses his or her practice on helping survivors and first responders of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks access the free healthcare and financial compensation provided by the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act.”
The Zadroga Act provides 911 first responders and survivors with access to free healthcare and financial compensation through two programs:
These funds ensure that both the responders who rushed to the scene and the survivors of the 9/11 attack are supported as they continue to rebuild their lives.
How Does a Zadroga Lawyer Help Me?
The WTCHP and VCF work to ensure that the survivors of 9/11 are never forgotten. Both programs cover a specific list of injuries and illnesses attributable to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This list is maintained by the WTCHP, and includes almost all types of cancer, interstitial lung diseases, aerodigestive disorders, and acute traumatic injuries.
- The WTCHP provides free medical monitoring and treatment to eligible first responders and survivors.
- The VCF provides financial compensation to eligible responders, survivors, and to loved ones of those who have since passed away.
These two programs work together to provide comprehensive benefits to eligible survivors and first responders exposed to toxic dust, debris and smoke as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
How Long will the Zadroga Act Be in Effect?
The original Zadroga Act allocated $4.2 billion to 9/11 survivors. Under the original act, both the WTCHP and the VCP were set to expire in October 2016. In 2015, the Reauthorized Zadroga Act significantly increased funding and extended the deadline for both programs, allowing the WTCHP to operate until late 2090 and the VCF to remain open until December 2020.
By February 2019, the VCF faced severe funding shortages, and cut existing VCF claims by 50% and new VCF claims by 70%. Due to these funding cuts and the looming VCF expiration deadline, activists and advocates – including the Zadroga lawyers at Pitta & Baione, LLP – mobilized to lobby for the reauthorization and funding of the Zadroga Act.
In July 2019, the Zadroga Act was both renamed to honor additional first responders at Ground Zero who also battled cancer became permanently reauthorized. Both the VCP and WTCHP programs created under the original Zadroga Act will be available through at least 2090.
How Can a Zadroga Lawyer Help?
If you are eligible for free health services under the WTCHP and/or financial compensation under the VCF, a Zadroga attorney at Pitta & Baione, LLP can help you file a claim.
Unlike other firms that typically focus on claims under the VCF, our lawyers have extensive experience filing claims under both programs. Registering with the WTCHP increases the likelihood that you will receive compensation from the VCF. If you might have a claim, contact a Zadroga attorney at our firm today by calling 844-982-2667.