Following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA, there has been a dramatic increase in serious medical problems among first responders and others who lived, worked, and studied in those areas. The air quality in Lower Manhattan following the collapse of the World Trade Center resulted in dangerous levels of carcinogens which affected all of Lower Manhattan, resulting in thousands of 9/11-related cancers and aerodigestive disorders.
As a result, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was created in 2010, offering health care and compensation to individuals suffering from 9/11-related illnesses. The Zadroga Act is comprised of two programs—the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), which covers medical care, and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which provides compensation to victims and their families.
If you have pancreatic cancer and were present in the Exposure Zone between September 11th, 2001 and May 30, 2002, contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to discuss your 9/11 pancreatic cancer claim.
At Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP, we are Zadroga Act Lawyers committed to helping 9/11 survivors and first responders obtain the health care and compensation they deserve. We will review the details of your case and help you obtain the maximum financial assistance available to you by filing a 9/11 pancreatic cancer claim. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
What is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer affects the pancreas, a critical organ involved in the digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It is also responsible for producing insulin, which helps to turn glucose into energy. Unfortunately, due to its location and lack of early symptoms, pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it is in advanced stages. Pancreatic cancer is particularly deadly; according to the American Cancer Society, although it only accounts for three percent of annual cancer diagnoses, it is responsible for seven percent of cancer deaths.
Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms
As stated above, symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don’t appear until it’s too late. Furthermore, many of the symptoms are quite subtle or easily attributed to other medical conditions. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Unexpected weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Lower back pain
- Blood clots
Pancreatic cancer can also metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body, producing symptoms not listed above.
Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
If you are suffering from pancreatic cancer, treatment options will depend largely on the stage of cancer and whether or not it has spread to other parts of your body. Some of the available treatment options may include:
- Surgery to remove the tumor
- Ablation (extreme heat or cold) to destroy the tumor without surgery
- Pain management
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes pancreatic cancer as a 9/11-related health condition. The WTCHP determines the types of cancers covered based on medical studies that 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.
VCF Compensation Available For 9/11 Pancreatic Cancer Claims
If you were present at the WTC, Shanksville, or Pentagon crash sites on September 11, 2001 through May 30, 2002, and have pancreatic cancer, you may be eligible to obtain medical coverage through the WTCHP, and compensation from the VCF for pain and suffering, loss of earnings, out-of-pocket expenses, and survivor benefits. Our experienced VCF attorneys will evaluate your claim, prosecute your meritorious claims, and protect your rights.
Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP Today
If you were present in the Exposure Zone for any time between September 11, 2001 to May 30, 2002, and have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help. Our experienced 9/11 pancreatic cancer attorneys will determine if you are eligible for compensation and help you obtain the maximum award that you are entitled to. Skilled legal counsel can help you navigate the complex legal process to get the maximum compensation for which you are entitled. Don’t go through this complex process without the help of skilled legal counsel. Call Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your 9/11 pancreatic cancer claim.