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9/11 Volunteers Eligible for Medical Treatment Benefits

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, it has become a well-known fact that first-responders and other workers at the cleanup of the fallen World Trade Center towers were exposed to dangerous toxins in the debris and dust. Many were affected in the days and months following 9/11. However, many more have and are likely to continue to get sick from this exposure years into the future. Our federal government has responded with funds to spur diagnosis and treatment through the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

What not everyone is aware of, however, is that volunteers who were made sick by their presence in the crash zone (which also includes Shanksville, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, where the third and fourth planes crashed) are also eligible for Zadroga Act funds.

The Zadroga Act provides for employed and volunteer individuals involved in the rescue, recovery or debris cleanup or related support services in specified areas to be eligible for compensation if they become ill from their 9/11 work. In rough terms, their service had to have occurred in Manhattan south of Canal Street, or at the debris-shipping piers where barges were loaded before taking that debris to the Staten Island Fresh Kills landfill. Also included are workers at Fresh Kills.

Volunteers should be aware of several points:

  • In a study of 20,984 first responders, volunteers and others onsite, 522 individuals were found to have experienced one or several types of cancers.
  • The specific times individuals served as volunteers is part of the eligibility requirements. They had to have worked in the specified areas, such as below Canal Street, for four hours or more between September 11, 2001 and September 14, 2001 for 24 hours in those areas up until September 30, 2001, or for 80 hours or more up through July 31, 2002.
  • Testing and treatment for conditions and their complications as specified by the Zadroga Act can also include conditions and their complications certified by a WTC program administrator.

Applying for compensation can be done without an attorney. However, a WTC compensation lawyer is more likely to make a stronger and more successful case.

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

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A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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