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. But, despite the fact that the attacks occurred nearly 20 years ago, that death toll 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.
If you have a childhood cancer and were in the New York City Exposure Zone, contact the attorneys at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to discuss your 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 the development of cancer. 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 the thousands of first responders, and adults living, working, and studying within the NYC Exposure Zones, there were many young children 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 who were present in the Exposure Zone. The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) added childhood cancer as an eligible 9/11 illness due to the increase in claims.
If you were diagnosed with childhood cancer as a result of exposure to 9/11-related toxic dust, the skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
What is considered a “Childhood Cancer”?
To determine whether a cancer is considered by the WTCHP to be a “childhood cancer,” eligible for compensation by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), step one is to determine the victim’s age at the time of diagnosis. If you were diagnosed with cancer prior to the age of 20 and were in the Exposure Zone, you may qualify for VCF compensation.
Types of Childhood Cancers Certified by the WTCHP
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. Consult with our experienced VCF attorneys today to determine if you may qualify for health monitoring and financial compensation by filing a 9/11 childhood cancer claim.
9/11 and Childhood Cancer Development
Only weeks after the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center, children were returning to school. Stuyvesant High School was in the Exposure Zone. According to one student at Stuyvesant High School, the vents in the school were not cleaned out and the barge where they were taking debris was next to the school.
Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP Today
A 9/11 lawyer can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation and properly present your claim so that you may obtain the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible. If you were present in the 9/11 Exposure Zone and are suffering from a childhood cancer, the skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP will help you obtain the maximum compensation available to you by filing a 9/11 childhood cancer claim. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.