21st Anniversary: Remembering Victims of 9/11

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In remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attack victims, their families, and the survivors, we reflect on the tragic event that occurred 21 years ago.

We honor the memory of those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We stand with the families and friends of the victims, and we remain grateful for the selfless acts of heroism shown by so many on that fateful day.

The 9/11 attacks resulted in the deaths of 2,983 people (including the 19 hijackers) and injured over 6,000 others. 9/11 was the deadliest terrorist attack in world history and the single deadliest day for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.

In addition to those killed on 9/11, hundreds of first responders and others have died in the years since as a result of 9/11-related illnesses.

We honor all of the victims of 9/11 and their families. We will never forget.

The Survivors

After 21 years of the attack that changed so many lives, we remember the memory of what happened on 9/11 still haunts those who lived through it, as do the images of people covered in white and pale gray dust, choking as they tried to escape the fumes and the cloud caused by the collapse of the World Trade Center.

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, most emergent medical attention centered around injuries including burns, broken bones, severe lacerations, head trauma, and eye and organ damage. In addition to the more than 6,000 victims who were injured, there were nearly 3,000 who died. As weeks and months went on, new post 9/11 illnesses and conditions started to appear. First, there was the chronic cough and respiratory symptoms that were given the name “World Trade Cough Syndrome,” which included rhinosinusitis and bronchitis or asthma-like symptoms.

Decades later, most fractures have healed and cuts may have scarred over, but there are lingering diseases and disorders that have only just started to become evident, including 9/11 cancers. That means new and ongoing suffering for responders and survivors alike.

However, it is the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, signed in 2019, that provides permanent protections and compensation for those suffering from 9/11 related illnesses. Without the bill, many 9/11 first responders and their families would be forced to deal with mounting medical bills and uncertainty without help.

Victim Compensation Fund

According to VCF reports, more than $10.3 billion in compensation has been awarded to 46,383 9/11 victims. 9/11-related health problems have resulted in nearly $4.4 billion in 9/11 VCF awards to 9,209 claimants as of December 2020.

In addition, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum continues to pay tribute to the individuals who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, while also honoring the spirit of resiliency that has defined our nation in the years since. The 9/11 Memorial Glade recognizes survivors and rescue and recovery workers who responded in the aftermath of 9/11 and have since been diagnosed with 9/11-related health conditions.

The 9/11 community has shown incredible strength and resilience in the face of so much adversity. We honor all those who have been affected by 9/11.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Built in March 13, 2006, in the six months since the fifth anniversary of the attacks, the memorial features two pools that represent the exact place of the two towers. They are now known as  A Place of Remembrance or the largest manmade waterfalls in America.

2983 names are inscribed on the 152 bronze parapets on the memorial pools, 2977 during the September 11 attacks and six during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The museum features exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of 9/11, from the terrorist attacks to the aftermath. The museum also pays tribute to the first responders and survivors who responded in the aftermath of 9/11.

Located at the World Trade Center site in New York City, the museum is open to the public and features exhibits and pays tribute to survivors and rescue and recovery workers who responded in the aftermath of 9/11 and have since been diagnosed with 9/11-related health conditions.

Helping a 911 Survivors

For more than 10 years, Weisfuse & Weisfuse and our 911 attorneys have helped survivors of the WTC attack and related diseases and illnesses.
We have represented multiple cases, including multiple wins such as $1,892,969.00 For Pancreatic Cancer or $864,906.77 for lung cancer, COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis.

If you or a family member was at the Ground Zero zone during the September 11th terrorist attack in New York City and are suffering from a related illness, find out about the benefits that you may be entitled to—including no-cost medical monitoring and treatment for certified health conditions and financial compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). To discuss your situation with an experienced Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP compensation lawyer, please call us at 332-239-1688 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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