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Your Acid Reflux May Be 9/11 Related

Category Archives: 9/11 Injuries

Your Acid Reflux May Be 9/11 Related

Post 9/11, many Ground Zero, Pentagon and Shanksville crash site first responders and lower Manhattan residents and workers experienced Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD). After several studies concluded that GERD could be triggered by the conditions at the attack and crash sites, the medical disorder was included in the list of presumptively covered conditions under the… Read More »

9/11 Illness No Longer Bar to Insurance Coverage Under Affordable Care Act

In a 2006 New York Times article, the co-director of Mount Sinai’s World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, Dr. Robin Herbert, stressed the lifelong health consequences faced by ground zero workers: ”There should no longer be any doubt about the health effects of the World Trade Center disaster . . . Our… Read More »

9/11-Related Compensation Programs

You may have several options to obtain treatment for your 9/11-related injuries or compensation for the death of your loved one under three primary benefits programs: Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program New York State Workers’ Compensation These separate programs have their own requirements, procedures and deadlines. You may be enrolled… Read More »

A Tax Break on Terror-Related Disability Payments: Keep it in Mind

For individuals and families who suffer injury from the September 11 terrorist attacks, there is some tax relief available. In 2002, then-president Bush signed into law the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001. Despite the law, many people are simply unaware of the tax breaks available on disability payments associated with injury from… Read More »

Illness Catches Up with Downtown Workers Caught in 9/11 Cloud

The terrorist attacks on New York City in September 2001 caught the city, and the world, by surprise. More than a decade later, illnesses suffered by downtown workers continue to take a toll. During the attacks on September 11, many groups of people suffered devastating injury. For those living and working in New York City,… Read More »

WTC Research: Inhalation of Particulate Associated with Sleep Apnea

New research from Mount Sinai Hospital links inhalation of particulate at Ground Zero with increased risk for sleep apnea years later. In an earlier study of approximately 800 participants in the World Trade Center (WTC) CHEST program, researchers found a higher risk of pathology of the heart, lungs and kidneys. The toxic cloud generated at… Read More »

State Appeals Court Clears Way for Compensation for 9/11 Volunteers

In June, a state court of appeals overturned a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Board that denied injury compensation to certain 9/11 volunteer workers. In September 2001, Jaime Hazan, now 43, was an emergency medical technician. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, Mr. Hazan volunteered at a triage area at Chelsea Piers. The following… Read More »

WTC Captive Insurance: Still Funded, Lacking Direction

A non-profit agency intended to provide for those injured on September 11 remains funded — with an uncertain future. Originally created by Congress, the WTC Captive Insurance Co., endeavors to protect New York City from lawsuits and provide compensation for those injured on September 11 or its aftermath. According to a New York Post article,… Read More »

VCF Adds Rare Cancers as Covered Condition

As medical study has continued, following the reopening of the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) in 2011, several new diseases have been added to the list of covered conditions. These additions open up the Fund to more of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In October of 2013, prostate cancer was added as a potentially covered… Read More »

WTC Health Program Adjusts Standards for Aerodigestive Disorders

Aerodigestive disorders—illnesses affecting the respiratory and digestive systems—are increasingly prevalent among 9/11 first responders and others exposed to the debris during rescue and clean-up operations. Many of these conditions did not manifest until years after the attacks. This has made it difficult for a number of those afflicted to prove that their illnesses are related… Read More »

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