Nearly 20 years after one of this country’s darkest days, survivors and responders continue to suffer and die from debilitating illnesses directly linked to 9/11 toxic exposure. Anyone who has developed lung cancer and was present in the New York City Exposure Zone, on or after 9/11, should contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP for a free consultation about their 9/11 lung cancer claim.
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes lung cancer as a 9/11-related health condition. The WTCHP determines the types of cancers covered based on medical studies showing the frequency of certain cancers among 9/11 survivors and responders 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 kinds of carcinogens found in the Exposure Zone.
The toxic substances that remained in the Lower Manhattan air for months contained several unsafe materials, including glass, benzene, asbestos, and chromium. Exposure to these substances has caused the illness and death of countless responders and many others who were living, studying, and working in the Exposure Zone following the attacks of September 11th.
Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP has filed countless successful September 11th Victim Compensation Fund lung cancer claims, even for victims who smoke. Individuals suffering from lung cancer who were present in the Exposure Zone should seek immediate legal counsel. The experienced legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help victims recover the maximum compensation to which they are entitled. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your 9/11 lung cancer claim.
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 caused by exposure to asbestos, one of the toxic chemicals found to be incredibly prevalent in the New York City Exposure Zone. Being a smoker does not preclude the recovery of an award.
Other substances commonly attributed to lung cancer include:
- Certain petroleum products
With medical conditions ranging in severity from mild asthma to deadly and aggressive cancers, the original 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, named for the first NYPD officer whose death was directly linked to the World Trade Centre site, continues to provide compensation to individuals who are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Whether the victim was a responder, student, worker, resident of the covered area, or helped with the clean-up process between September 11th, 2001 and May 30th, 2002, they can submit a claim for VCF compensation if they are suffering from lung cancer.
Working with an experienced 9/11 lawyer is critical to ensure access to the full compensation available in a timely manner. It’s been long enough. The highly-skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP has helped hundreds of victims of 9/11-related illnesses get the quality care and compensation they need.
Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP Today
Anyone suffering from a condition covered by the World Trade Center Health Program, who was also present at any of the Exposure Zones between September 11th, 2001 and May 30th, 2002, may be eligible for substantial compensation. Our attorneys are readily available to guide you through this process every step of the way. We provide thorough, dedicated representation and always submit a medically-supported optional impact statement to maximize the compensation available. Call Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.