By Michael Barasch | Published July 17, 2014 | | |
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, including responders, office workers, residents, students and teachers, suffered devastating injuries and Read MoreRead More
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is designed to provide compensation to those who suffered injuries or illnesses as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks. But not all injuries are compensable. In fact, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 provides a detailed list of conditions that qualify for VCF compensation. Read MoreRead More
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, signed by President Obama in January 2011, sets aside $4.2 billion for the World Trade Center Health Program to test and treat workers, volunteers and other survivors of the attacks on September 11, 2001. It is named for one of the first New York City Read MoreRead More
Just how far did the toxic dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 travel? Satellite images show the dust cloud trailing from Lower Manhattan across Brooklyn and into the Long Island Sound, which provides some idea of the pervasiveness of the asbestos fibers, crushed cement, lead, copper, fiberglass and other dangerous Read MoreRead More
In the moments, days, weeks and months following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) in 2001, clouds of dust enveloped Lower Manhattan. As the debris was cleared from the site, that same dust found its way to the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. Thousands of first responders inhaled this dust, Read MoreRead More
As many as 400,000 people were exposed to dust and debris in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Those individuals included everyone from first responders (fire, police and emergency medical technicians), occupants of the World Trade Center (WTC) who were fortunate enough to escape before the buildings’ collapse, volunteers, cleanup crews, nearby Read MoreRead More
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 Read MoreRead More
Of the disease visited upon a wide swath of New Yorkers and others on and after September 11, 2001, respiratory illnesses account for a large number of chronic medical cases more than a decade later. A 2011 report prepared by the New York Department of Health reads in part: The collapse of the twin towers Read MoreRead More
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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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