The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, exposed 500,000 downtown workers, residents, and students to cancer-causing dust between 9/11 and May 30, 2002. Those who lived, worked, or went to school in lower Manhattan (anywhere south of Canal Street) and were diagnosed with any cancer (or lost a loved one), have potential benefits available to them that include lifetime 9/11-related healthcare and a tax-free cash payment.
The Long-Term Effects of 9/11
Beyond the immediate devastation caused by the World Trade Center (WTC) attacks, many downtown workers, residents, and students have endured long-term physical and mental health effects from their presence at one of the sites on 9/11, or from exposure to the toxic cloud of dust and debris that lingered in the months following the attacks. These ailments include respiratory diseases to various forms of cancers and psychological ailments – a continuous stream of health issues, many of which have only come to light years later.
Legislature that Supports 9/11 Victims
In response to the pressing needs of those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the federal government has established the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (Zadroga Act) to provide financial compensation and medical and emotional support. The Zadroga Act provides compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and provides medical and emotional support through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). New York State has additionally signed into law the 9/11 Notice Act, to alert the 9/11 civilian worker population of the availability of benefits under the VCF and WTCHP.
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)
The VCF was created in October 2001 to quickly compensate individuals who suffered physical injuries and families who lost loved ones as a result of the terrorist attacks. The VCF was closed in 2004 and then, in 2011, reopened and expanded to include those who have developed health conditions due to the months-long toxic environmental fallout in the aftermath of the attacks. Compensation covers economic losses such as medical expenses, loss of earnings and benefits, and also noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering.
World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)
The WTCHP provides medical monitoring, treatment, and health evaluations for downtown workers, residents, students, responders others who developed cancer or breathing/digestive conditions after being present in lower Manhattan at any time during the many months after the attacks. This program specifically addresses the unique physical and mental health needs of 9/11 victims, ensuring they get comprehensive medical care tailored to their individual circumstances.
9/11 Notice Act
The 9/11 Notice Act was created to make sure victims and their families (in particular, anyone who worked in lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002) are aware of their rights and the benefits of lifetime healthcare and cash compensation. It mandates that certain businesses notify their employees about the WTCHP and the VCF, ensuring that affected individuals and their families are empowered with knowledge about their rights and the support systems available to them.
How You Can Protect Yourself with Aid from a 9/11 Lawyer
Navigating the complexities of a 9/11 VCF claim and WTCHP application can be challenging. This is where a 9/11 lawyer can help. They can guide you through the process, ensuring that all the required documents are correctly submitted, and help you understand the full scope of compensation you might be entitled to. With their help, you can be sure that you're maximizing the benefits and resources available to you under the WTCHP and VCF, including getting the largest VCF award available. An experienced 9/11 lawyer can make the difference between your claim being delayed or denied or quickly approved and paid.
Consult Our Team at Hansen & Rosasco
At Hansen & Rosasco, we understand the profound effects 9/11 has had on countless lives. Our team of dedicated attorneys each has 30+ years of experience and is supported by skilled professionals. We have represented thousands of 9/11 claimants, and are here to support and guide you every step of the way. With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by 9/11 victims, their families, and/or personal representatives, and a commitment to serving our clients with compassion and expertise, we're your trusted partners in ensuring your rights are upheld.
The aftermath of 9/11 may still be affecting many, but the rights and support systems established for the victims provide a safety net. Consult the 9/11 attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco to ensure you get the help and compensation you rightly deserve.