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NY Lawyers Handling Cases for nearly 70 WTC-Related Cancers Covered by the Zadroga Act

Medical and financial assistance for cancer victims

Medical research in the decade following the 9/11 terrorist attacks has shown a significantly higher-than-normal incidence of cancer in those exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center (WTC), Pentagon and Shanksville, PA sites. At Barasch & McGarry in New York, we represent thousands of cancer victims who are frightened, frustrated and seeking help.

To keep up with the research and ensure that victims are compensated, the government has been adding different cancers to the list of illnesses covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The Act established the World Trade Center Health Program. It provides medical monitoring and treatment to eligible rescue, recovery and cleanup workers, as well as to survivors who were exposed to he toxic dust in the air and debris after the attacks.

Cancer added to Zadroga Act coverage

Prior to 2012, cancer was not on the list of compensable diseases. Studies linking exposure at the sites convinced the government to update the list to include many different WTC-related cancers.

The Zadroga Act also established the Victim Compensation Fund. To be eligible for compensation, claimant’s must prove that they were exposed to the toxins, the time of exposure, and the date of their cancer diagnosis (generally the date of the pathology exam). Claimant’s must also demonstrate when they discovered the link between their exposure and the cancer diagnosis. There is a 2-year deadline to register with The Victim Compensation Fund once a claimant is certified by the WTC Health Program and told that his/her cancer was caused by the toxic exposure.

The following cancers are on the list of compensable post-9/11 illnesses:

Head & Neck
Malignant neoplasm of lip
Malignant neoplasm of base of tongue
Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue
Malignant neoplasm of parotid gland
Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified major salivary glands
Malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth
Malignant neoplasm of gum
Malignant neoplasm of palate
Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of mouth
Malignant neoplasm of tonsil
Malignant neoplasm of oropharynx
Malignant neoplasm of nasopharynx
Malignant neoplasm of piriform sinus
Malignant neoplasm of the hypopharynx
Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined conditions in the lip, oral cavity and pharynx
Malignant neoplasms of nasal cavity
Malignant neoplasm of accessory sinuses
Malignant neoplasm of the larynx
Prostate Cancer
Soft Tissue
Malignant neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
Malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue
Skin (Non Melanoma)
Other malignant neoplasms of skin
Malignant melanoma of skin
Digestive System
Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus
Malignant neoplasm of the stomach
Malignant neoplasm of the colon
Malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction
Malignant neoplasm of the rectum
Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined digestive organs
Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
Malignant neoplasms of retroperitoneum and peritoneum
Respiratory System
Malignant neoplasms of the trachea
Malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung
Malignant neoplasm of heart, mediastinum and pleura
Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
Rare Cancers—defined as “any type of cancer that occurs in less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year in the United States.” Some examples of cancer that meet the “rare cancer” definition include, but are not limited to, the following:
Malignant neoplasm of the testis
Neuroendocrine malignancies
Malignant neoplasm of the male breast
Malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder/biliary tract
Malignant neoplasm of the small intestine
Malignant neoplasm of the thymus
Malignant neoplasm of the central nervous system
Malignant neoplasm of the adrenal gland
Gastrointestinal stromal malignancies
Malignant neoplasm of the penis
Female Reproductive Organs
Malignant neoplasm of ovary
Urinary System
Malignant neoplasm of bladder
Malignant neoplasm of the kidney except renal pelvis
Malignant neoplasm of renal pelvis
Malignant neoplasm of ureter
Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified urinary organs
Eye & Orbit
Malignant neoplasms of eye and adnexa
Malignant neoplasm of thyroid gland
Blood & Lymphoid Tissue
Hodgkin’s disease
Follicular (nodular) non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Peripheral and cutaneous T-cell lymphomas
Other and unspecified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Malignant immunoproliferative diseases
Multiple myeloma and malignant plasma cell neoplasms
Lymphoid leukemia
Myeloid leukemia
Monocytic leukemia
Other leukemias of specified cell type
Leukemia of unspecified cell type
Myeloid malignancies
Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue
Childhood Cancers—defined as “any type of cancer diagnosed in a person less than 20 years of age.”
Malignant neoplasm of breast

The list is continually examined and is subject to revision. If you suffer from a cancer you believe is related to the September 11 attacks but is not on the list, do not just assume you do not qualify for compensation. A lawyer who sees these kinds of cases every day can assess your options.

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 2 years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program —or any other governmental agency. The 2 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 2 year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

Please help spread the word about the strict 2 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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