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Where Is the 9/11 “Crash Site” Defined in the Zadroga Act That Affects Victim Compensation?

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 Police Department officers to die of a respiratory disease resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals in the Ground Zero debris.

The Zadroga Act effectively extends the availability of compensation funds to victims of 9/11 whose injuries become apparent years following the catastrophe. This is necessary because the many toxic substances in the airborne dust lead to illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma several decades later. It is conceivable that first responders, volunteers and area office workers and residents may present with disease up through 2050.

To qualify for compensation, victims need to prove they were in the “crash site” zones during the timeframe that toxic dust was present. These zones are specifically defined as follows:

  • In the immediate vicinity of the World Trade Center
  • In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes crashed
  • At the U.S. Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia
  • Inside any of the buildings that were damaged or destroyed on September 11, 2001
  • Within the New York City exposure zone: South of a line in Manhattan that runs along Canal Street, from the Hudson River to where Canal intersects with East Broadway, then north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, east on Clinton Street to the East River; and along all routes related to debris removal, including the barges that transported debris to Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island

An estimated 400,000 people may have been within one of these zones, affected by the asbestos, lead, zinc, copper, fiberglass, cement and other dangerous materials in the air following the attack. If you or a loved one was among those exposed and is experiencing respiratory or other illnesses, speak with a 9/11 personal injury attorney to learn what your recourse for financial losses might be.

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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.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

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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