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Vol. 84

  • Spread The Word: Deadline!
    A critical deadline affecting the 9/11 community is fast approaching. The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has extended the time for hundreds of victims and their families to register claims that had been previously barred.
  • How Safe is Your Firehouse?
    You should know that under the Public Employee Safety and Health Act (PESHA), the City has a legal duty to provide firefighters with a safe workplace and safe equipment, and it is liable to firefighters who are injured when they do not.
  • 2020 WTC Memorial Wall Ceremony
    At this year’s 9/11 memorial service at Metro Tech, another 27 names were added to the WTC Memorial Wall.
  • Understanding Victim Compensation Fund Award Determinations
    Here are some recent awards to our clients by the VCF. Be advised, each case is different and many factors determine the amount of the award, including one’s age, his/her salary, side-effects of the illness, etc. Past awards are no guarantee of future awards.
  • FDNY World Trade Center Health Clinics Have Reopened
    As a result of the pandemic the FDNY, in an abundance of caution, was forced to close its WTC Heath Program (WTCHP) clinics. We are happy to report that the FDNY WTCHP offices are now open for in-person annual medical monitoring appointments.
  • Your ABCD Calendar is Here
    Have access to your FDNY group charts, OT/sick/vacation/comp/mutual information, scanners, handitalkie transmissions, FDNY news and so much more.

Vol. 83

  • Congratulations Andy Ansbro!
    As you all know, Andy Ansbro, formerly at Engine 58, now at Marine Division, has been elected president of the UFA.
  • Barasch & McGarry Continues to Give Back
    Nothing feels better than helping others, as all of you know so well. To all of you on the frontlines, we thank you, and we encourage you to reach out if we can provide assistance.
  • Special Protections Afforded to Injured Firefighters & Their Families
    Our law firm has been fighting for the legal rights of FDNY firefighters for over 25 years, and has been instrumental in shaping the laws that protect firefighters. This has led to expanded protections for firefighters injured in the line of duty.
  • Protecting Your Loved Ones – The Essential Checklist
    The guidance that I provide to members and their families during periods of crisis is good advice for all of us. There are basic things that every one of us should do to protect our loved ones.
  • Where There’s A Will There’s A Way
    We look forward to the day when we see you and your loved-ones back in our office, inperson, for your free Wills and Health Care Proxies. In the meantime, we’ll see you on Zoom.
  • The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act
    In May, congressional members and advocates for first responders introduced legislation to create a financial assistance program modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”).
  • Your ABCD Calendar is Here
    Have access to your FDNY group charts, OT/sick/vacation/comp/mutual information, scanners, handitalkie transmissions, FDNY news and so much more.

Vol. 82

  • Barasch & McGarry Gives Back
    To show our appreciation, Barasch & McGarry to date has donated 25,000 masks to firehouses and EMS stations throughout the City. These donations are part of our effort to give back, to protect those who protect us.
  • The Worst Seat in the House
    The officer’s seat on many spare rigs lack basic shock protection, and are causing serious injuries to the officers using them.
  • Getting a Free Will During the Pandemic
    Due to the stark realities facing our frontline workers, we are receiving a surge of calls from clients desperately seeking to have their wills prepared.
  • May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
    Skin cancer is the most common cancer afflicting the 9/11 community. But getting a skin check isn’t part of your WTC medical.
  • Your ABCD Calendar is Here
    Have access to your FDNY group charts, OT/sick/vacation/comp/mutual information, scanners, handitalkie transmissions, FDNY news and so much more.

Vol. 81

  • Breaking News: Critical New Victim Compensation Fund Deadline
    The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has announced a critical new regulation that allows anyone suffering from a 9/11-related illness, including cancers and respiratory illnesses, to file a claim even if they previously missed the filing deadline.
  • Demystifying the Pension Boards
    Dealing with the accident-disability-pension process can feel overwhelming. But understanding the process will help to ease the anxieties that invariably come up during this stressful time.
  • The Elevator Safety Act
    In an effort to reduce unsafe elevator hazards, New York will now follow in the footsteps of 36 other states that require elevator mechanics to be licensed.
  • In Memoriam – Dennis Cotter and Liana Rivera
    Dennis and Liana will live in our memories forever and we will continue to honor them by doing the work we do every day.
  • Free Wills Available for Active and Retired Members
    Barasch & McGarry makes it easy to get a will. Just get in touch with us for a free will kit, and we’ll prepare wills and healthcare proxies for you and your spouse, for free.
  • Download the Barasch & McGarry Free App
    Download the Barasch & McGarry free app on your smart-phone and have access to your FDNY group charts, OT/sick/vacation/comp/mutual information, scanners, handi-talkie transmissions, FDNY news and so much more.

Vol. 79

  • Year in Review
    Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of activists and advocates, the 9/11 community will have access to health care and compensation for 9/11 illnesses for the rest of their lives.
  • Preparing a CD-72 The Right Way
    Firefighters and officers are given surprisingly little guidance on how to fill out a CD-72 in a way that takes your legal rights into account. This article is intended to give you some pointers.
  • Spotlight on Drunk Driving
    With the holiday season upon us, the best decision you can make is to refrain from drinking and driving. Whether it’s handing over the car keys, designating a driver, or taking a taxi, it’s the right thing to do.
  • Rave Reviews For Our Group Chart App
    We have been hearing rave reviews about the most recent version of our FREE FDNY app. We are so glad you’ve been enjoying it. Here are a few of its important features.
  • Happy Holidays From All Of Us At Barasch & McGarry
    During this season of giving, we want to remind you that our firm prepares free wills and health care proxies for all members and their spouses. Please call us for yours.

Vol. 78

  • A Call to Action: What Retired Firefighters Must Do Now to Protect Their Rights
    Retirees make up the majority of those who were exposed, and must be especially proactive about protecting their health and legal rights. Here’s what retirees need to know.
  • Probie Rob Tilearcio Follows in His Father’s Footsteps
    Congratulations to our friend and former colleague, Robert Tilearcio, who was sworn in as a firefighter this past September. Rob is following in the footsteps of his father, our client, Robert ‘Skippy’ Tilearcio, a member of Engine 266 who served the City of New York for 36 years.
  • Would You Drive the Length of a Football Field With Your Eyes Closed?
    All this is to say that sometimes we all need to be reminded to put aside our electronic distractions. Never use text messaging, social media, email, video games or the internet with a wireless device, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.
  • Pension Reclassification
    Every member who was active on 9/11 should be aware that they have the right to reclassify their pension in the event that they develop a disabling 9/11-related illness.
  • Hey Senior Members
    The new class of probationary firefighters have a lot to learn from you. In addition to everything you’ll teach them on the job, remind them that as firefighters, they are entitled to a free will and health proxy from our law firm.
  • Hey Probies
    While you have a lot to learn from the senior members, don’t think you can’t show them a thing or two. The Barasch and McGarry FREE calendar app for firefighters includes a group chart calendar, overtime calculator, newsletters, scanners, news updates, and so much more.

Vol. 77

  • Mission Accomplished!
    It took nearly 18 years of concerted lobbying efforts, but sick 9/11 first responders and survivors will no longer have to worry about whether funds will be available for them and their families.
  • What are You Waiting For?
    Download the Barasch & McGarry FREE app on your smart-phone and have access to your FDNY group charts, OT/sick/vacation/comp/mutual information, scanners, handi-talkie transmissions, FDNY news and so much more.
  • The Opioid Epidemic
    New York City firefighters and EMTs who sustain orthopedic injuries in line-of-duty or car accidents are not immune from this epidemic.
  • I’m Blissfully Single, Do I Still Need a Will?
    So, you’re single and ready to mingle. You have no kids. Your assets are modest. You don’t need a will, right? Wrong!

Vol. 76

  • We Fight For You Everywhere
    Our law firm has represented FDNY firefighters injured on the job for over 25 years, and in front of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) since it began in 2002. We know firefighter law, and we know
    the VCF.
  • Understanding the Heart Bill
    Recently, we have received an uptick in calls from members with questions about the heart bill. Therefore, I thought this would be a fitting time to give an overview of the law, which, in my view, is the most complicated of the presumptive laws in place to protect sick firefighters.
  • Social Media Safety
    Social media such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter is now a part of modern life. It’s how so many of us keep in touch with family and friends. But be aware, cyber-scammers, identity thieves and your employer are also on these platforms. Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself and your family.
  • Free Simple Wills For You And Your Spouse
    Everyone should have a will. We have already done over 4000 free wills for our clients. If you don’t have one, please call us today to prepare one for FREE.

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Vol. 72

  • We are Not the UFA’s Attorneys – We are Your Attorneys
    We are not the UFA’s paid attorneys. Instead, we embrace our role as independent legal counsel for firefighters who are injured in the line of duty or who were injured as a result of their exposure to the WTC toxins or who are seriously hurt in off-duty accidents.
  • Preparing a CD-72 the Right Way
    Firefighters and officers are given surprisingly little guidance on how to fill out a CD-72 in a way that takes your legal rights into account. This article is intended to give you some pointers.
  • Fighting for a Safe Workplace for All Firefighters
    New York City Firefighters have a legal right to a workplace and equipment that is safe. The Public Employee Safety and Health Act (PESHA) mandates it.

Vol. 71

  • Should I Choose a Pension Option?
    One of the most common questions that we get from firefighters who are in the process of retiring is whether they should choose an “option”, or take a full pension and increase their life insurance coverage.

Vol. 68

Other

  • What is Premises Liability?
    Premises liability is a legal concept that typically comes into play in personal injury cases where the injury was caused by some type of unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property.

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