The September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and flight 93, resulted in the immediate deaths of approximately 2,750 people. Although the attacks occurred nearly 20 years ago, the number of deaths and illnesses continues to grow. Due to toxic substances that permeated the air in the Lower Manhattan Exposure Zone for months following 9/11, more than 2,000 people have died from related illnesses. That number continues to grow.
Anyone who has childhood cancer, and was in the New York City Exposure Zone, should contact the attorneys at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to discuss their 9/11 childhood cancer claim right away.
One of the primary concerns among people who were present at the Exposure Zones on or after 9/11 is cancer development. Those exposed to the toxic dust—which contained carcinogenic substances including asbestos, lead, benzene, and chromium—have a significantly higher risk of developing cancer. Sadly, childhood cancer is among them.
Along with thousands of responders and adults living, working, and studying within the Exposure Zone, many young children were present. Those children were just as susceptible to inhaling the toxic dust that hung over the area for months. As a result, there continue to be reports of childhood cancer in the youngest individuals present in the Exposure Zone. The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) added childhood cancer as an eligible 9/11 illness due to an increase in claims.
Individuals diagnosed with childhood cancer who spent time in the Exposure Zone, should seek immediate legal counsel. The skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation.
What is considered a 9/11 “Childhood Cancer”?
To determine whether a “childhood cancer” is eligible for compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), the first step is to determine the victim’s age at the time of diagnosis. Any individual diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20 who was also present in the Exposure Zone may qualify for VCF compensation.
Types of Childhood Cancers Eligible for VCF Compensation
Some examples of eligible childhood cancers include:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Cancers of the brain, spinal cord, bone, kidney, liver
The list of eligible cancers is extensive; the types mentioned above represent a small percentage of all covered childhood cancers. To file a VCF childhood cancer claim, individuals must first successfully register with the World Trade Centre Health Program (WTCHP). Here is a complete list of all WTCHP-certified health conditions and injuries. Consult with our experienced VCF attorneys today to determine eligibility for medical treatment and health monitoring through the WTCHP and financial compensation through filing a VCF childhood cancer claim.
Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP Today
A 9/11 lawyer can help victims of childhood cancers determine eligibility for compensation and properly present their claim to obtain compensation as quickly as possible. Anyone present in the 9/11 Exposure Zone, who is suffering from childhood cancer, should seek immediate legal counsel. The skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help victims obtain the maximum compensation available by filing a VCF childhood cancer claim. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation.