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Multiple Myeloma

9/11 Multiple Myeloma Compensation Claims

Multiple myeloma is one of the most common 9/11-related blood cancers. It is a rare but serious cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow commonly diagnosed in downtown Manhattan workers, residents, and first responders who were present in the “9/11 New York City Exposure Zone” (generally below Canal Street) between 9/11 and May 30, 2022.   Research studies have shown that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center exposed survivors, rescue workers, and clean-up crews to toxic dust that has been proven to cause cancer, including multiple myeloma. 

Workers, residents, students, first responders, and others in lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002, who have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma are entitled to two benefits:

  1. A tax-free cash compensation award from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)
  2. Free lifetime medical benefits from the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).
In order to be eligible for these benefits, you have to meet the 9/11 minimum latency period for multiple myeloma, which is only 146 days after exposure. If multiple myeloma was diagnosed more than 146 days after your 9/11 exposure, then this is the first and important factor in making a presumption that the 9/11 dust and fumes were a cause of the multiple myeloma. This is unlike the common four (4) year latency period for many other “solid” 9/11 cancers. You should speak to an experienced 9/11 attorney to see if you qualify for lifetime healthcare and compensation, even if the diagnosis was many years ago.

Survivors and rescue and recovery workers exposed to asbestos and other hazardous materials while working in the 9/11 Exposure Zone are now suffering the consequences and are filing 9/11 multiple myeloma compensation claims. These claims are being filed with the VCF seeking financial compensation for the pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, lost household services, and other hardships associated with the physical incapacitation and other losses. 

It is important for those affected by multiple myeloma to be aware of their rights and to seek the necessary legal assistance to ensure a successful 9/11 multiple myeloma compensation claim. If you have been diagnosed with this type of blood cancer or any other type of cancer that you suspect may be related to the 9/11 toxins, contact the experienced attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP so we can register your claim as the first step in getting the VCF payouts you deserve. 

Our firm secured $1.3 million for a Downtown Manhattan Security Director who was totally disabled by 9/11 multiple myeloma.

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The Link Between 9/11 and Multiple Myeloma

Studies have shown that firefighters, police officers, and construction workers responding to the 9/11 attacks have an increased risk of developing the precursor for multiple myeloma and may have an increased risk of developing the disease. The toxic fallout from the September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers exposed 90,000 first responders, 57,000 residents, 340,000 Downtown workers, and 18,000 students to a toxic mix of dust and fumes that included asbestos, lead, mercury, PCBs, and other hazardous materials. As a result, many of these individuals have been diagnosed with over 70 types of cancer, including multiple myeloma, caused by the toxic 9/11 environment. 

Common Causes and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer formed by malignant plasma cells that develop in the bone marrow. As a result, this cancer can result in broken bones (fractures) from only minor stress or injury. While scientists are still determining the causes of multiple myeloma, there is solid medical evidence that it can be triggered by environmental factors such as the toxic dust at the WTC site during and after 9/11. Common symptoms of multiple myeloma include pain in the back, hips, and skull or any other bone, as well as low red and white cell blood counts, which can lead to fatigue and infections.

How to Know if You Qualify For Multiple Myeloma Compensation From Exposure

If you were present at or near Ground Zero in New York City or lived or worked in lower Manhattan in the days, weeks, and months after 9/11, you may be eligible for compensation from the VCF and free lifetime health care through and the WTC Health Program (WTCHP)  as established by the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2011 (now the “Never Forget the Heroes Act”). Our Zadroga Act lawyers have helped many 9/11 cancer victims determine their eligibility and get the payouts they deserve. We can help you navigate the following requirements according to the appropriate deadlines:

  • Register with the VCF and submit a claim
  • Provide evidence of a primary diagnosis of multiple myeloma
  • Provide evidence of the impact on your life caused by the multiple myeloma 
  • Show that you were present at one of the attack sites, within the designated New York City Exposure Zone, or along the routes of debris removal at some point during the period beginning on September 11, 2001, and ending May 30, 2002
  • If you received an award from the original 9/11 VCF that operated from 2001-2004 (VCF1), you must demonstrate that your VCF1 eligible injury or condition has substantially worsened, or that you have a new physical injury or condition which you had not suffered at the time of the VCF1 claim filing or which was not compensable at the time of VCF1; and that you have not already been fully compensated for your losses.  
  • If you are filing a claim for a victim who has passed away, you must show that you have the legal authority to do so and the attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco will help you obtain the proper legal documentation from your state’s surrogate’s court so you can bring a claim.

    With over 21 years representing 9/11 victims, the experienced attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco can guide you through the eligibility process to ensure that you receive the multiple myeloma compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have been supporting the 9/11 community from the beginning and 9/11 claims are all that we do. Allow us to ensure that you and your loved ones are given the compensation and comfort that is owed.

Multiple Myeloma Treatment Options Through the WTC Health Program

The WTCHP provides medical monitoring for individuals who were present at or near the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the attacks. Treatment for multiple myeloma and other 9/11-related conditions is also available. Local treatments include surgery and radiation therapy. Systemic treatments include drug therapy, stem cell transplant, immunotherapy, and other supportive treatments. Learn more about multiple myeloma cancer treatments from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Support for Multiple Myeloma Patients

If you’ve been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, it’s important to find support.

Read inspiring stories of hope from cancer survivors here.
Read more about multiple myeloma from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation here.

An Experienced 9/11 Attorney can Help You Receive an Award of Compensation

If you are experiencing health problems related to your exposure to 9/11 dust or fumes after the 9/11 attacks, we can help you determine if you’re eligible for compensation and free lifetime health care and we can guide you through the claim process. The 9/11 Zadroga Act lawyers at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP have successfully handled thousands of 9/11 claims and we make it possible for you to get the compensation and free lifetime health care you deserve.

If you have questions about medical care or compensation for 9/11 cancer victims, including cases of multiple myeloma 9/11, please call us at 855-353-4907 or fill out a contact form.

They handled my mother’s claim and did a fantastic job. They were the middle man to the government and we were ecstatic when my mother received the most pain and suffering for her cancer.” -Rebecca F.

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