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The Long-Lasting Effects of 9/11 Dust: Zadroga Act Funds for Late Discovery of Disease

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 office workers and residents of Lower Manhattan.

Photographs of scenes from that horrible day and the days that followed reveal something unfortunate: Only a small number of individuals had face masks or other filtering devices to prevent them from inhaling or ingesting the mix of cement dust, gypsum, asbestos, lead, copper, zinc, antimony and many other substances that became finely pulverized airborne particulates in the disaster. The nature of how some of these substances interact with the human body is that there is an incubation period of many years — as is the case with mesothelioma resulting from asbestos particles in the lungs.

Because so many people inhaled or swallowed these substances, several health problems have and continue to be diagnosed. This includes between 60,000 and 70,000 first responders. Already, the following conditions in 7,810 survivors of 9/11 have been documented in research conducted by the Mount Sinai Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research:

  • Respiratory diseases (28 percent of those studied)
  • Traumatic injury other than eye injuries (20 percent)
  • Eye injuries and ailments (15 percent)
  • Chest pain (8 percent) and headaches (8 percent)
  • Skin (4 percent) and digestive system conditions (3 percent)

The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 provides diagnoses and treatment services for certain individuals injured by 9/11. A $4.2 billion fund created by the U.S. Congress pays for the medical care. It is not absolutely necessary that you work with a WTC victims attorney to get this funding. However, a lawyer can help claimants file the necessary paperwork in time to qualify for Zadroga Act healthcare compensation.

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Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
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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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