- Chronic Bronchitis is a serious respiratory condition linked to the 9/11 toxic dust inhaled by everyone who was in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and in 8 the months that followed.
- Chronic bronchitis is half of what makes up chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), another common 9/11 illness.
- Barasch & McGarry helps those with 9/11-linked chronic bronchitis receive compensation and medical benefits for their illness.
Chronic Bronchitis Linked to September 11th Attacks
On September 11, 2001, and in the weeks and months that followed, a thick cloud of dust, smoke, and toxic fumes hung over Lower Manhattan. For NYC residents, office workers, responders, students, teachers, and clean-up workers, the feeling that you were breathing toxic air was well-known. Despite this, NYC and government officials urged New Yorkers to return to their daily lives. We now know the air was not safe to breathe. Pulverized concrete, jet fuel, and building materials contributed to debilitating health conditions that have resulted in persistent coughing, shortness of breath, and other debilitating symptoms for those at or near the World Trade Center disaster area for many months following the attacks.
Signs of 9/11-Linked Chronic Bronchitis
With symptoms like those of the common cold or flu, bronchitis is not always easy to spot. Signs of the disease include:
- Cough lasting at least 3 months
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort
- Fatigue or feeling constantly run down
- Production of Mucus (often yellowish-gray or green in color)
A disease is defined as chronic if it persists for more than 3 months. For many people with 9/11-linked bronchitis, this period may span years or even decades. Chronic bronchitis, along with emphysema, make up the condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you think you may have any of the above symptoms, it’s important to visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Compensation for Your Chronic Bronchitis
Two government-run programs exist to help those suffering from a 9/11-linked illness or cancer. The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides free nationwide medical care for respiratory illness sufferers like those with chronic bronchitis or COPD. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides monetary compensation to those with conditions like Chronic Bronchitis certified by the WTC Health Program.
$1,929,789for a downtown elevator mechanic with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; Esophageal reflux
$1,881,017for a NYC firefighter with esophageal reflux; Barrett’s esophagus; Asthma; Sinusitis; Obstructive sleep apnea
$1,401,066for a downtown attorney with asthma; Esophageal reflux; Obstructive sleep apnea; Sarcoidosis
$1,270,072for a NYC firefighter with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; Esophageal reflux; Obstructive sleep apnea; Sinusitis
$1,251,768for a NYPD officer with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; Esophageal reflux; Disease of vocal cords
$1,198,580for an ambulance EMT with rhinosinusitis; Sinusitis
$90,000for an office worker due to chronic bronchitis
$90,000for a Red Cross 9/11 volunteer due to barrett’s esophagus
$90,000for an Operating Engineer with asthma; Chronic rhinitis; GERD; Obstructive sleep apnea
Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation
The deadline to register an illness, cancer, or death claim has been extended to July 29, 2021. If you or anyone you know had chronic bronchitis, cancer, or lost a family member more than two years ago, you can still register for compensation.
If you suspect your chronic bronchitis or COPD is linked to the toxic dust from 9/11, the deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that your illness has been certified by the WTC Health Program. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a victim is made aware their condition was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.
For those who died from their WTC-linked condition, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.
A one-time window for previously time-barred VCF claims is closing soon. Learn how it applies to sick 9/11 victims, as well as families who have lost loved ones.
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 68 different cancers.
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.
Why Barasch & McGarry
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