Nearly 20 years after one of this country’s darkest days, survivors continue to suffer and die from debilitating illnesses directly linked to the 9/11 toxic exposure. If you developed lung cancer and were present in the New York City Exposure Zone, on or after 9/11, contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP for a free consultation to discuss your 9/11 lung cancer claim right away.
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes lung cancer as a 9/11-related health condition. The WTCHP determines the types of cancers are covered based on medical studies show the frequency of certain cancers among 9/11 survivors compared to the unexposed population. It also bases its decision on the existence of any peer-reviewed medical studies that link a type of cancer to the types of carcinogens found in the Exposure Zone.
The toxic air that remained in Lower Manhattan air for months contained several toxic substances, including glass, benzene, asbestos, and chromium. Exposure to these substances has caused the illness and death of countless first responders, and many others who were living, studying, and working in the Exposure Zone following the attacks of September 11th.
Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP has been successful in filing 9/11 lung cancer claims, even for victims who were smokers. If you are suffering from lung cancer and were in the Exposure Zone, the experienced legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP will help you recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
What is Lung Cancer?
Respiratory diseases are commonly attributed to 9/11 toxic exposure, and lung cancer is one of the deadliest among them. Lung cancer is a particularly aggressive form of cancer and one that is often not diagnosed until it is too late. Symptoms may not appear until lung cancer has reached an advanced stage or spread to other parts of the body.
Some early symptoms of lung cancer include:
- A cough that won’t go away
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- General fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
As lung cancer progresses and spreads to other parts of the body, you may also experience:
- Hard lumps in the lymph nodes
- Bone pain
- Chronic headaches
- Yellowing of the eyes and skin
- Nausea and vomiting
What Causes Lung Cancer?
Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, breathing in hazardous chemicals and other substances is another common cause. Mesothelioma is one type of lung cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, one of the toxic chemicals found to be extremely prevalent in the New York City Exposure Zone. Being a smoker does not preclude the recovery of an award.
Other substances that are commonly attributed to lung cancer include:
- Certain petroleum products
With medical conditions ranging in severity from mild asthma to deadly and aggressive cancers, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was established in 2001 to provide compensation to victims of 9/11-related health problems. Those funds ran out in 2004, but the number of people reporting 9/11-related illnesses continued to increase.
VCF Compensation Available For 9/11 Lung Cancer Claims
Fortunately, the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which was named for the first NYPD officer whose death was directly linked to the WTC site, provides compensation to individuals who are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Whether you were the first responder; a student, worker, or resident of the covered area; or you helped with the clean-up process between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, you can apply for VCF compensation if you are suffering from lung cancer.
Working with an experienced VCF lawyer is critical to ensure that you receive the full compensation available to you in a timely manner. You have waited long enough. If you have a 9/11 lung cancer claim, the highly-skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help. We have helped hundreds of victims of 9/11-related illnesses get the quality care and compensation they need, and we are here to do the same for you.
Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP Today
If you are suffering from a condition covered by the World Trade Center Health Program and you can show that you were present at any of the above locations during the days and months following the 9/11 attacks, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. Contact the 9/11 Fund lawyers at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.