9/11-Related Illness

Conditions Covered Through the  VCF

While the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provide a comprehensive list of cancers that are considered related to hazardous exposure at Ground Zero, some of these cancers are being diagnosed with greater frequency than others.


Our firm won $340,000 in “pain and suffering” damages (non-economic losses) for an NYPD first responder suffering from throat cancer, in addition to lung cancer and skin cancer.

 Cancers of the Digestive Tract

Our WTC VCF lawyers at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP have seen a large increase in cancer claims involving the digestive tract. The WTC Health Program has certified throat cancer or cancer of the oropharynx (the middle part of the throat) as a 9/11-related illness in at least 143 individuals who were exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero. 

Hansen & Rosasco, LLP secured $735,000 for a construction worker who suffered from 9/11-related tongue cancer.

Cancers of the Mouth

Additionally, with the direct ingestion of this dust, there has also been a large increase among individuals who have developed cancer of the lip, tongue, salivary gland, floor of mouth, and gum. Other related cancers of the mouth, tonsils, hypopharynx or other oral cavity, and pharynx have risen as well. Illnesses and cancers along the digestive tract have been registered as 9/11-related, with at least 55 individuals being diagnosed. 

We won $3.2 million in “loss of earnings” and “pain and suffering” damages for an NYPD police officer 100% disabled by 9/11 colorectal cancer.

Rectal Cancer Claims

The WTCHP has also certified approximately another 68 people have been diagnosed with rectal cancer, which was also related to exposure to 9/11 dust and fumes. Because of new claims and diagnoses, many cancers and conditions have been added to the rare cancers list of the VCF.

The Rise in New 9/11 Cancer Types

It is unfortunate for our office to see rises in these types of cancer, as well as other 9/11-related illnesses that are still being diagnosed. It should be noted that many illnesses are eligible for 9/11 Fund payouts, since they have been linked to dust and asbestos exposure, as well as inhalation and ingestion of other toxins. 


Contact Our WTC VCF Lawyers

If you believe you have a 9/11-related illness, please call our WTC VCF lawyers at 1-800-887-7299 or fill out a contact form here. 9/11 Fund payouts are available for many individuals and families who are suffering from various cancer types and related conditions. It is our priority to get every first responder and survivor the compensation and care they need and deserve. 

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