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‘Invisible Diseases’ Continue to Affect 9/11 First Responders

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‘Invisible Diseases’ Continue to Affect 9/11 First Responders

In a recent interview on the National Public Radio program “Here and Now,” 9/11 first responder John Feal said that he and the people who rushed to Ground Zero on that day 13 years ago are now suffering from “invisible diseases” that threaten their lives.  The program, which aired September 10, detailed the health issues… Read More »

9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Approves Nearly $500 Million in Claims

The fund created to help cover the costs of medical care for the first responders of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. recently approved about $494 million in claims from victims and their families.  The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), established in 2011, has approved 7,885 claims and issued… Read More »

Clinton Supports Reauthorization of Zadroga Act

We recently commemorated the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and with it has come renewed calls for action on the re-authorization of the James L. Zadroga Act, a federal law that provides health care benefits and compensation to firefighters, responders and other first responders that day. It also provides benefits to family… Read More »

Huffington Post Reminds Us of 9/11 Responders’ Sacrifices

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are etched in the minds of most Americans. However, it can be easy to forget the real impact that day had — and continues to have — for individuals and families who were part of the tragic event.  On the anniversary of the event this year, the Huffington… Read More »

‘Stair Climbs’ Memorialize Heroics of NYC Firefighters, First Responders

Few people can truly imagine what it must have been like to be trapped in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. What’s even more difficult to believe is that so many firefighters rushed into the two towers to rescue as many people as possible, climbing countless stairs while knowing that… Read More »

Victims, Volunteers Still Waiting on Much-Needed Assistance

It’s tough to believe, but 13 years later there are still people who were significantly impacted by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 who are still waiting to receive the assistance they desperately need.  Consider the case of Jaime Hazan, a volunteer and first responder who assisted in the immediate aftermath of the attacks in September… Read More »

Firefighters’ Deaths Lead to Calls for Expanding Zadroga Act

On September 22, 2014, three firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 all died on the same day due to cancer stemming from exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals on that day 13 years ago.  Retired FDNY Lt. Howard Bischoff and firefighters Daniel Heglund and Robert Leaver, who were also retired,… Read More »

What Are My Options If My Injuries Are Not a Presumptively Covered Condition?

Presumptively covered conditions are those that have been definitely linked to 9/11. Generally, the Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) covers only injuries and diseases on this list. However, the VCF amends its list periodically. For example, the VCF amended its list to include several types of cancer in October 2012, added prostate cancer in October 2013… Read More »

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 »

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