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Over $2 Billion recovered for
injured firefighters, police officers, and EMTs

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Aggressive Injury Law Firm Serves Firefighters, Police Officers and EMTs

Proven trial lawyers bring experience and determination

Firefighters and police officers regularly risk their health and their lives in the performance of their duties, often while responding to emergencies that were caused by someone’s  negligence. Just because certain risks come with the job, does not mean that New York City’s emergency workers are without legal recourse for line-of-duty injuries. To the contrary, New York affords strong legal protection to firefighters and police officers who are injured as a result of someone’s negligence. At Barasch & McGarry, we help injured firefighters, police officers and EMS workers recover compensation from responsible parties. When a preventable accident occurs because someone violated the law or behaved negligently, we fight to obtain the highest level of compensation possible.

A record of success that you can trust

Our firm has won many high-value cases in support of firefighters and police officers, including landmark cases that have expanded their right to sue for compensation. We handle a wide spectrum of cases  on behalf of firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel, including:

  • Smoke inhalation and asphyxiation
  • Eye injuries
  • Gas explosions
  • Burn injuries
  • Sudden heart attacks or strokes
  • Chemical exposure/carbon monoxide
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Rapidly spreading fire
  • Overexertion
  • Electrocutions
  • Falls/jumps
  • Struck by object
  • Crashes and structural collapses
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Hearing loss
  • Slip/trip and fall
  • Faulty equipment

In many cases involving injuries and fatalities to emergency workers, we can recover compensation for victims and their families even when the police or fire department is at fault.

Disability compensation for NYC firefighters and police

Our firm has long been in the forefront of the fight to secure fair disability compensation for injured first responders. On a case-by-case basis, we have fought for firefighters whose job-related injuries forced them into early retirement. We also help firefighters who claim disability after retirement when a latent job-related injury or illness becomes manifest.

Determined pursuit of post-9/11 benefits and compensation

After 9/11, Barasch & McGarry was instrumental in helping victims and families obtain compensation, a critical part of rebuilding their lives.  We represented the families of dozens of firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11, and more than 1,000 injured first responders  to obtain the maximum recovery available from the  9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which closed in 2003. We then worked tirelessly alongside 9/11 advocates to press for a reauthorization of the VCF and for additional funding that was sorely needed for healthcare and compensation to victims.

We also had the distinct honor of representing NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who developed severe respiratory illness from breathing toxins and particulates at Ground Zero. His death prompted Congress to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, creating a new 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund. We continue to advocate for first responders who have developed post-9/11 illnesses to ensure they receive the benefits they deserve. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and maintain a dedicated Post-9/11 website to inform eligible persons about their rights.

If you are considering filing a claim with the VCF, don’t delay. The VCF has recognized that 67 cancers, including prostate cancer, are linked to the WTC toxic dust. To be eligible for compensation, you must register with VCF within 2 years of your diagnosis.

Contact a leading NYC law firm for firefighter injury compensation

Getting the compensation you deserve can be a complicated and frustrating process, especially while you are coping with a severe injury or illness. For aggressive representation from experienced and accomplished attorneys, rely on Barasch & McGarry. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, call 844.874.1564 or contact our office online.


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