NJ Trial Lawyers Help Firefighters & Their Families Get Benefits for Cancers
By BAGOLIEOLIE FRIEDMAN INJURY LAWYERS, Correspondent | August 20, 2021 | NEW JERSEY
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Photo by PROVIDED(L to R): Richard Bieder, Director of Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, Alan Friedman, and Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
JERSEY CITY, NJ - Trial Lawyer Alan Friedman, a partner in the personal injury law firm of Bagolie Friedman, LLC, with offices in Jersey City, New Jersey, Clifton and Paterson New Jersey, was honored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for his pro bono representation of victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Among the dignitaries honoring Friedman and other volunteer trial lawyers were the Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and Kenneth Feinberg, the Special Master of the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund.
Following the tragic attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, the US government created the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund to attempt to compensate the victims and their families for their losses during the terrorist attacks. Shortly after the formation of the Fund, the leaders of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) created Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. to coordinate the representation of 9/11 victims by qualified trial lawyers pro bono–for no fee. Friedman immediately volunteered.
“It was the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my career,” said Friedman, who is a certified civil trial attorney. “The firefighters and police officers, these heroes, ran into those towers on that horrible day without thinking twice. Representing wives, children, and family members of people who were lost in that tragedy for no fee is the least I could have done. Some lawyers charged their clients for representation in the Fund. I couldn’t understand that.”
Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. represented more than 1700 families before the Victim’s Compensation Fund and did approximately $200,000,000 worth of free legal work for their clients. Friedman represented three clients. He had two cases for the surviving relatives of people who died and he represented one client who was injured.
Now, 68 different forms of cancer have been linked to 9/11 by doctors at the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).
Those with a cancer diagnosis may be eligible for cash compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and lifetime free health care through the WTCHP as well as New Jersey workers’ compensation.
“Benefits are available to be paid to firefighters and the families of firefighters who have died from one of these cancers,” said Friedman. “There is no reason not to speak to us and get the facts now and anyone who has had cancer or lost a loved one or family member within the last two (2) years can get a free, no risk and confidential evaluation," he said.
Bagolie Friedman, on the web at https://www.bagoliefriedman.com, represents many first responders and public safety officers and are members of the Firefighter Hearing Loss LItigation Group. They offer free consultations and may be reached toll free at 21-656-8500.
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