The September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is a tragedy none of us will ever forget. In 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which created a fund to provide compensation to victims of the attack. In 2015, President Obama extended the life of the law, permitting victims to file a claim up until December 18, 2020. Last year alone, the fund awarded over $1 billion in awards to victims and their families.
In the wake of the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers, Ground Zero underwent significant cleanup and recovery efforts. As a result of debris removal, many people were exposed to dangerous environmental toxins which cause numerous illnesses and conditions. The conditions covered by the Zadroga Act are as follows:
- Cancers, including prostate, skin, and breast cancers
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Chronic cough syndrome
- Chronic laryngitis
- Chronic nasopharyngitis
- Chronic respiratory disorder
- Chronic rhinosinusitis
- Gastro-esophageal reflux disorder (GERO)
- Interstitial lung disease
- Low back pain
- Other specified musculoskeletal disorders
- Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
- Sleep apnea
- Upper airway hyperreactivity
- WTC- exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
If you were injured and present at the crash site or within the “NYC Exposure Zone” during the “immediate aftermath” of the terrorist attack, then you are entitled to compensation. Persons eligible to recover include those who were present for the attack, those who lived in the area after the attack, and those who commuted to work in the vicinity afterwards.
If you or a loved one has a claim as a result of the September 11 attack and require our assistance, please contact our office for a free consultation.