- Chronic rhinosinusitis, or sinusitis, is a prevalent respiratory condition linked to inhalation of the highly toxic dust on 9/11.
- Suffering from constant nasal inflammation, stuffy nose, pain and swelling around your nose and in your sinuses, and reduced taste or smell are common indicators.
- Barasch & McGarry is the leading law firm helping those suffering from chronic sinusitis receive the medical benefits and compensation they need and deserve.
9/11 Victims Suffering from Chronic Nasal Issues
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City, people worked to clean up the destruction and tried to return to normalcy in their home and work lives. What many quickly returned to was a “new normal” of cold and allergy-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and back of throat drainage. For some, these symptoms subsided after a few days or weeks, but for others, these irritations have lasted for years and decades.
Signs of Chronic Rhinosinusitis
A condition is considered chronic if it lasts for at least 12 weeks. For many 9/11 victims who suffer from the signs below, it may be that these symptoms have persisted for almost two decades.
Chronic rhinosinusitis symptoms include:
- Nasal inflammation
- Nasal congestion and trouble breathing through the nose
- Back of throat drainage
- Reduced sense of smell and ability to taste
- Tenderness and pain around eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead
9/11 victims may also experience symptoms that include sore throat, fatigue, cough, and aches and pains in your upper jaw and teeth. Additionally, asthma is a common comorbid condition that displays many of the same symptoms and has also been specifically-linked to the toxins released on 9/11.
Compensation for Chronic Sinusitis Linked to 9/11
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 officially established the link between chronic sinusitis and the toxins released into the air on 9/11. The same Act also established two programs to help victims access free nationwide health care as well as provide cash compensation for their illnesses. These programs, The World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund, respectively, are available to help sinusitis sufferers who have their condition linked to their exposure on 9/11 and in the 8 months that followed.
I want to personally thank the firm for their hard work at both the forefront, and in the offices of the VCF in Washington. Without the firm’s non-stop commitment to the VCF, I wonder where many of us first responders would be today.E.S.
In 2019, after dozens of trips down to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress, our firm and many other 9/11 advocates aided in the passage of the Never Forget the Heroes Act. This law extends and fully funds the VCF, essentially covering all future claims for compensation.
$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 an illness or lost a family member more than two years ago, you can still register for compensation.
If you were exposed to the toxic air on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed, but have not had your medical condition linked to 9/11, you also still have time to apply for significant compensation. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that your cancer or 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.
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 contact us for a free consultation.
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)
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World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)
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