Health Conditions Common for Police Officers Related to Recovery Efforts
Working at Ground Zero and their involvement in the immediate rescue and prolonged recovery efforts, countless 9/11 police officers were exposed to a toxic mix of dust, debris, smoke, and other hazardous materials. This exposure has since led to several health issues. Common conditions include respiratory diseases, over 70+ different cancers, gastrointestinal disorders, mental health issues such as PTSD, and many other ailments directly linked to the contaminants from the WTC dust and debris. The toll of the attacks on 9/11 police officers has been profound and long-lasting.
Support is Available for 9/11 Police Officers
Two programs have been established by the Federal Government to offer support to 9/11 survivors and responders, including 9/11 police officers. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation, while the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides medical monitoring and treatment.
Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)
The VCF was established to provide compensation to those directly affected by the terrorist attacks. 9/11 police officers, given their direct exposure and subsequent risk of developing adverse health conditions, are often eligible for significant compensation for past medical bills, loss of earnings, and more. Navigating the VCF can be complex, but with the right guidance, 9/11 police officers can secure the compensation they rightfully deserve.
World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)
Beyond compensation, health monitoring and treatment are vital. The WTCHP offers medical screenings, monitoring, and treatment for certified 9/11-related health conditions. 9/11 police officers can benefit immensely from this program, ensuring they receive the necessary monitoring and care for conditions developed due to their valiant service during and after the attacks.
What Our 9/11 Attorneys Can Do For You
At Hansen & Rosasco, our attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that 9/11 police officers get the support they need. From guiding you through the intricacies of the VCF to helping you leverage the benefits of the WTCHP, we are here to deal with the federal government so that you don’t have to. Our entire team understands the unique challenges faced by police officers post-9/11, and we are equipped to handle your case with sensitivity, respect, and expertise.
We'll work diligently to:
- Review your medical and service records to determine eligibility for the WTCHP and to establish a strong VCF claim.
- Ensure that all documentation is in place, including proof of presence, exposure details, records regarding medical diagnosis, and any additional factors that may affect your case.
- Handle your claim through the entire VCF claims process, minimizing the time it takes to get an award and maximizing your compensation amount.
- Offer advice and support in leveraging the WTCHP for the best ongoing monitoring and treatment for physical and mental health conditions.