9/11 Lawyers – Why Choose Us
Supporting 9/11 Survivors and Families
On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered four coordinated terrorist attacks that resulted in nearly 3,000 fatalities and more than 25,000 injuries. It was the single deadliest attack in human history and the worst on U.S. soil.
However, the injuries and fatalities did not end on that day. Since 9/11, the first responders and survivors of those attacks continued to suffer extraordinary losses due to the toxins and chemicals released into the air near Ground Zero. Since 2001, thousands of first responders, FBI agents, New York residents, area workers, and investigators have died after battling a variety of 9/11 cancers, diseases, and life-threatening medical conditions. Others struggle with debilitating diseases that can cost a fortune to treat.
To help compensate survivors, first responders, and families of 9/11, Congress created two specific funded programs: the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program. These programs provide benefits to 9/11 survivors and families, so they can obtain the medical care and compensation they need – and deserve.
Unfortunately, many New York residents, survivors, and first responders who suffer from 9/11 illnesses don’t know about these programs. They may also not realize that they may qualify for compensation and help. They may not know that their health problems stem from exposure to toxins caused by the September 11 attacks. They may also selflessly worry that by claiming these benefits, they are taking benefits away from someone who needs them more—even though Congress fully funded the programs to care for everyone who suffered from illnesses after September 11th. Downtown Manhattan workers, residents and students helped New York City, the economic capital of the world, get back on its feet after 9/11. Paying benefits to workers and residents in Lower Manhattan who suffered does not reduce the money available to first responders. As such, survivors can seek assistance and help without worrying about reducing the help first responders receive.
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, we have dedicated our law firm to helping victims of 9/11. Our attorneys have been representing 9/11 victims since October 2001. Our 9/11 lawyers can guide you through the process, so you can quickly and efficiently obtain the compensation and health benefits you deserve. If we do not recover compensation for you or your family, there is no cost to you.
Let our September 11 lawyers worry about the government and paperwork. Spend your time and energy on your health, your treatment, and your family. Call us today or fill out our confidential contact form to learn more about your options. We will see if you qualify for free healthcare for life and a substantial award payout.
Why Choose Us?
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, we are proud to be one of New York’s premier 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund law firms. We are a team of caring attorneys, paralegals, outreach professionals and staff serving our clients every day. We have helped over 3000 victims since 2001 and have recovered over $250 million for our clients.
Phil Alvarez, the brother of the late NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, after whom the 9/11 law is named, is our Director of 9/11 Outreach and Education. He walked the halls of Congress to help get the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” passed in July 2019. He is a well known 9/11 community advocate and speaker who tirelessly helps 9/11 survivors and responders enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program.
Even though nearly 20 years have passed since that devastating day, we know that the destruction of human lives due to 9/11 continues. New York residents, families, and first responders need Hansen & Rosasco on their side who understand the health and economic challenges they face. They need someone on their side who will stick with them through all the pain and suffering. We have been sticking by the side of 9/11 victims and families since 2001.
We care about our clients, and it shows in the financial awards we have obtained for them. From the start, we will sit down to meet with you (if safe for you during the Covid-19 pandemic), so we can discuss your case and your illness. We want to listen to your 9/11 experience first and learn more about your story, your fears, and your concerns. Most of our clients are scared and devastated to face long-term illnesses such as cancer and chronic disabling breathing conditions. They are good people who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many rushed into the rubble without fear for their lives. Others were residents who lived in a dust-filled cloud with their families for months in areas such as Tribeca or Battery Park City. Others returned to their jobs in the “toxic soup” area below Canal Street in lower Manhattan just days after the attack when Christine Todd Whitman, the then federal EPA Administrator, declared the air was “safe to breathe” (a statement that will live in infamy for the over 3000 deaths it has contributed to to date). Others were college students at downtown Manhattan universities, such as Pace University and the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Others were students at downtown high schools, such as Stuyvesant High School and various NYC public schools. Lower Manhattan after 9/11 was our Chernobyl. It is a sad and tragic legacy brought to our shores by terrorists.
When we represent a client, we are in it for the long haul. We stand by them and fight to help them obtain the benefits and compensation they deserve. Our 9/11 lawyers are lifelong New Yorkers. We lost family and friends due to 9/11 and we know that the pain of that day will never end. That is why we dedicated our practice to their memories and to helping survivors who still suffer. It is this personalized attention and dedication that brings so many New Yorkers to choose us to represent them after they become diagnosed with a 9/11 cancer or lung disease.
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, our 9/11 attorneys have helped numerous New Yorkers, first responders, and their families get the benefits and compensation they deserve. To date, we have recovered more than $250 million for our clients, with many receiving awards of over $1 million.
Here are just some of the awards and compensation we secured for our clients.
- $3.4 million for a downtown Manhattan professional diagnosed with breast cancer and receiving Social Security disability.
- $3.2 million for a NYPD police officer diagnosed with colon cancer permanently disabled and receiving a disability pension.
- $3 million for a spouse of a Wall Street broker who died from multiple myeloma.
- $1.3 million for the family of deceased Tully construction concrete worker at Ground Zero.
- $1 million for Battery Park resident with breast cancer
- $884,000 for a Tribeca resident who died from thymus cancer
- $872,000 for NYU student with rectal cancer.
While past success does not guarantee future results, you can rest assured knowing you are in good hands with our September 11 lawyers. Our 9/11 attorneys dedicated our entire practice to helping victims of September 11th and their families. We know what it takes to secure the highest compensation you deserve.
9/11 Benefit Programs for New Yorkers
When Congress authorized these benefit programs, they did so to help first responders and survivors in New York (and many who have since moved to other parts of the country) obtain the medical care and help they needed. Today, nearly 100 percent of first responders are in the World Trade Center Health Program. Many of them received devastating cancer diagnoses or currently live with debilitating long-term illnesses such as sarcoidosis and PTSD. Others need assistance monitoring for potential future illnesses.
While many first responders quickly qualified for the program, many other potentially eligible victims do not realize that they may qualify as well. Survivors and residents in New York breathed the same toxic air as many of the first responders. In fact, when the World Trade Centers collapsed, it released 2,500 contaminants and toxins into the air. Individuals living and working in that area breathed in these toxins (including jet fuel vapors, asbestos, ground glass shards and sheetrock, cement) and have since suffered life-threatening and chronic illnesses. According to CNN, over 43,000 people living and working in New York have at least one 9/11 health-related illness.
As a New Yorker who lived and worked through 9/11, you are a hero, too. Perhaps you did not rush into the rubble, but you bravely went back to work. You helped rebuild the city and kept it running through that fearful time. You believed the air was safe because government officials said it was. Yet, dangerous jet fuel burned for four months on Ground Zero as cement, asbestos, and fiberglass exposed so many people in the city to toxins. Now, you are suffering as a result. This is unfair—and we want to help you.
Victims Compensation Fund
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act created the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to provide compensation for individuals who suffered physical harm, illness, or disease as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks or the debris removal efforts that took place.
The VCF is not just limited to first responders. Anyone who worked, volunteers, cleaned up, or lived in the area may qualify. To qualify for assistance, you must be diagnosed with cancer or a 9/11 illness after living or working in the area at some point during the period between 9/11/01 and 5/30/02. Even if you have other genetic or lifestyle risk factors, you can still collect 9/11 compensation funds.
Some of the cancers and illnesses that may qualify you for compensation and/or free lifetime health insurance include, but are not limited to:
- Lung cancers
- Prostate cancers
- Colon cancers
- Bladder cancers
- Breast cancers (both female and male)
- Kidney cancers
- Pancreatic cancers
- Stomach cancers
- Rectal cancers
- Bile duct cancers
- Esophagus cancers
- Throat cancers
- Tongue cancers
- Mouth cancers
- Head & Neck cancers
- Eye cancers
- Brain cancers
- Skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell)
- Testicular cancer
- Anal cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Hodgkin’s disease lymphoma
- Thyroid cancers
- Ovarian cancers
- Liver cancers
- Rare cancers
- Childhood cancers
- Cancer induced polyneuropathy
- Cancer induced lymphedema
- Cancer induced diabetes
- Cancer induced glaucoma
- Interstitial lung diseases
- Chronic WTC cough syndrome
- Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
- Sleep Apnea
- Chronic rhinosinusitis
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder)
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Major depressive disorder
- Substance Abuse
This is by no means an exhaustive list. These are just some of the cancers and illnesses that first responders and New York survivors experienced after the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks.
If your illness or cancer qualifies you for assistance and compensation, you can rest assured that you have a team of attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco who dedicated their practice exclusively to helping victims of 9/11 on your side. We know the laws, regulations and the constant revisions and use this knowledge to help you through the application and legal appeals process.
Many diseases, including cancer, can take a long time to develop. The law assumes that if you have contracted certain diseases, even years later, that exposure to the September 11 debris cloud caused them. You don’t have to prove that link.
World Trade Center Health Program
The World Trade Center Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for first responders at the World Trade Centers and related sites. They also provide help for New Yorkers who survived the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
The six main categories of members include:
- FDNY responders
- NYPD responders
- Other government responders
- General responders
- NYC survivors (including downtown Manhattan workers, residents and students)
- Pentagon/Shanksville responders
Through the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, they provide a lifetime of healthcare at no cost to members. They do this because Congress acknowledged the damage and suffering endured in the years following the terrorist attacks. They know that first responders and New Yorkers suffered a wide range of health-related problems from living and working near Ground Zero. They also know that they continue to suffer.
To qualify for assistance, you must contract cancer or a 9/11 illness after living in the area at some point during the period between 9/11/01 and 7/31/02. We stand ready to help you file your application. We do it every day for our clients.
How to Qualify For 9/11 Compensation Programs
The qualification process for 9/11 compensation and benefits is often difficult to navigate. It involves paperwork, government forms, red tape, bureaucracy and an extensive knowledge of qualifying 9/11 illnesses and cancers. The application process and laws governing it are difficult to understand and the entire process can take on average almost two years. Congress revised these laws numerous times over the last several years, resulting in even more confusion and legalities.
That is why New Yorkers and first responders need a law firm on their side that understands the issues they face and the quickest way to collect compensation.
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, our 9/11 attorneys have helped thousands of first responders and New Yorkers collect the compensation and healthcare benefits they deserve after a serious illness or cancer diagnosis. We know the best and fastest way to navigate these difficult waters and we offer support and guidance at every turn. Our law firm has the experience and resources needed to see these cases through and we keep fighting for our clients and their futures.
Starting the process of applying for 9/11 compensation programs is as easy as picking up the phone and calling our September 11th Victim Compensation Fund law firm. From the start, we will work with your doctors to learn more about your illness or cancer. We can then begin the application process to get you the benefits and compensation you need.
Getting the right award is a complex process due to the frequent procedural changes by administrators at the 9/11 Fund. You will want to act quickly and choose a law firm with experience handling these complex cases. Let us deal with the applications, appeals, hearings, and paperwork while you focus on your health and treatment. We are in this together, every step of the way.
Contact Our 9/11 Attorneys Today for Help With Your Healthcare Claims
You were there when the towers fell or lived in the area in the years following the attack. You remember the dust-filled air, the rubble, and the fear. Now, you suffer from a serious and chronic illness or cancer.
You deserve better, and the 9/11 attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, can help. We can meet with you to discuss your situation (or have an in-depth free phone consultation) and your concerns. We can then help you apply for federal compensation and healthcare benefits through one or more 9/11 compensation funds. We can even help you apply for Social Security disability benefits to help increase your 9/11 award payout. Call us at (855) 353-4907 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information. We work on a contingency fee, so you will pay us absolutely nothing out of your own pocket. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act caps attorney fees at a reasonable ten percent (10%) of any recovery we obtain for you. For example, if we obtain a $100,000 award for you, you will receive $90,000 and our law firm will receive $10,000. And your award is both federal and state tax free!
Our attorneys are proud to represent 9/11 survivors, first responders and families who were in the “NYC Exposure Zone in lower Manhattan below Canal Street between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002. No matter where you live now, you may still qualify for 9/11 benefits and compensation. Even if you believe you may not qualify, we want to hear your story and help you explore all your options. Call us today at (855) 353-4907 to see if you or a loved one qualifies!
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