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Cancers Caused by 9/11

New York City Law Firm Fights for Victims of Cancers Caused by 9/11

Studies identify higher incidence of disease in WTC rescue, recovery and clean-up workers

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks claimed nearly 3,000 lives that day. Unfortunately, more than a decade later, the number of victims continues to climb as cancers caused by toxins at Ground Zero devastate the bodies of first responders, cleanup workers, and Lower Manhattan residents and employees.

The attorneys at Barasch & McGarry in New York have seen cancer attack so many people who have already suffered and sacrificed so much. Our mission is to help these individuals qualify for compensation and medical treatment under the James Zadroga Act and other programs.

The attacks pulverized buildings and their contents, spreading dust and debris in the air and across the disaster site. People came in contact with glass, fibers and construction materials, and a host of known carcinogens including:

  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Crystalline silica
  • Dioxins
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Three studies. Different populations. One conclusion.

The most persuasive study confirming a link between the exposure and cancer was published in April 2013 in Environmental Health Perspectives. The World Trade Center Health Program study examined nearly 21,000 WTC rescue and recovery workers and found a 15 percent overall increased risk of cancer compared to the general population. However, the increased risk for some cancers was as follows:

  • Thyroid cancer (239 percent)
  • Soft-tissue cancers (226 percent)
  • Blood and lymph cancers (36 percent)
  • Prostate cancer (21 percent)

In 2011, a study of almost 10,000 NYC firefighters found that those who worked at Ground Zero for at least one day were 19 percent more likely to develop cancer than their colleagues who did not work at the site. The greatest disparities appeared in cases of prostate cancer, melanoma, colon cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Another study of 56,000 people, including those who lived or worked near the World Trade Center, found a 14 percent increase in all cancers, and higher rates of multiple myeloma, thyroid and prostate cancers.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was updated in 2012 to provide free medical care to those suffering from 9/11-related cancers. Previously, cancer was not covered by the Act. In addition to healthcare, compensation may be available from the September 11th Fund for cancer sufferers and their families.

Turn to our experienced advocates when 9/11 cancer strikes

If you or someone you love is suffering from WTC-related cancer or other chronic condition, our attorneys may be able to help you qualify for compensation and medical treatment. Not every cancer is covered, and not all victims can document their exposure. Our law firm devotes a substantial portion of its practice to helping clients figure it out.

Barasch & McGarry keeps abreast of the latest developments in the Zadroga Act and stands ready to help those entitled to benefits under the new regulations. While we know that no amount of money could ever make up for your pain and losses, we strongly believe that everyone injured, made ill or bereaved by the catastrophe of 9/11 should receive as much financial support as possible. Please contact us online or by phone at 888-351-9421 to determine eligibility for WTC compensation or to start the process of applying for James Zadroga Act benefits.

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
Our Attorneys
  • "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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