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Post 9-11 Illnesses


  • The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) is the governing body responsible for certifying health conditions linked to the toxic fumes and debris on 9/11.
  • 12 lung-related diseases, over 69 cancers, and several mental health and musculoskeletal disorders have been certified by the organization.
  • Over 60,000 members of the WTC Health Program have one or more of these conditions.
  • Barasch & McGarry has helped thousands register for the WTCHP and has recovered over $3 Billion in monetary awards for 9/11 victims from the Victim Compensation Fund.

Long-Term Effects of 9/11 On Responders And Survivors

In the aftermath of 9/11, an estimated 500,000 New Yorkers; office workers, residents, teachers, students, responders, and volunteers, returned to their daily lives, unaware that the air they were breathing was filled with over 70 carcinogens and toxic chemicals. Now, two decades after the September 11th attacks, more people have died from 9/11 illnesses than died on 9/11.

WTC-Linked Illnesses & Cancers

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) was established in 2011 to provide medical monitoring and treatment services for a list of certified 9/11-linked health conditions. Since 2011, the doctors at the WTCHP have continued to add to that list sending the total number of conditions linked to the 9/11 attacks to well over 100. The most common categories in that list are aerodigestive disorders, diseases that affect breathing airways (lungs) and the upper digestive tract, and cancers.

  • 69 Cancers

  • Airway & Digestive Disorders

    Diseases and conditions effecting the lungs and upper digestive tract present in 9/11 responders and survivors.

    • Interstitial lung diseases.
    • Chronic respiratory disorder
    • Asthma
    • Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
    • WTC-exacerbated and new-onset chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Chronic cough syndrome
    • Upper airway hyperreactivity
    • Chronic rhinosinusitis
    • Chronic nasopharyngitis
    • Chronic laryngitis
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
    • Sleep apnea
  • Mental Health Conditions

    Mood, thinking, and/or behavioral conditions stemming from trauma related to the 9/11 attacks.

    • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Major depressive disorder
    • Panic disorder
    • Generalized anxiety disorder
    • Anxiety disorder (not otherwise specified)
    • Depression (not otherwise specified)
    • Acute stress disorder
    • Dysthymic disorder
    • Adjustment disorder
    • Substance abuse

Take Action To Secure Your Rights

Unfortunately, with the passage of time, the number of 9/11 victims coming down with illnesses has continued to rise and doctors from the WTCHP do not expect this trend to let up soon. It’s important to note that you can and should register with the WTCHP, even if you’re healthy. Doing so will secure your rights to claim compensation from the Victim Compensation Fund and medical treatment should you become ill in the future. If you were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or in the months that followed, please contact us to ensure your rights are protected.

Contact Us

It’s important to act quickly. Find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation from the $10 billion set aside for 9/11 victims. Call us at 212-385-8000 or contact us online today.

Post 9-11 Illnesses

Additional Topics

  • 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

    Learn about the 9/11 VCF; permanently funded with over $10 billion to compensate anyone with 9/11-linked illnesses and 69 different cancers.

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  • World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)

    Find out about the WTCHP which provides free medical monitoring, testing, treatment, and prescription drugs for a range of 9/11-linked conditions.

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  • 9/11 VCF Results & Awards

    Barasch & McGarry has recovered more money from the Victim's Compensation Fund than any other law firm. See example awards & results.

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  • Why Barasch & McGarry

    With over 20,000 clients under representation and $3 Billion+ recovered from the Victim Compensation Fund, find out why Barasch & McGarry are truly "Lawyers for the 9/11 Community".

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