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Cancers Covered by the Zadroga Act

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 the 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, claimants 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). Claimants must also demonstrate when they discovered the link between their exposure and the cancer diagnosis. There is a two-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:

  • Blood & Lymphoid Tissue
  • Breast
  • Digestive System
  • Eye & Orbit
  • Female Reproductive Organs
  • Head & Neck
  • Melanoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Respiratory System
  • Skin (Non Melanoma)
  • Soft Tissue
  • Thyroid
  • Urinary System
  • Childhood Cancers
  • Rare Cancers

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.

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
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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Testimonials
  • "Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY

  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • 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.

    Register For Compensation

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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