Increase of Sarcoidosis Diagnoses in 9/11 Victims
We continue to see more 9/11 first responders and survivors who have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis from dust inhalation and toxic chemical exposure due to their time spent in Lower Manhattan in the months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Hansen & Rosasco, LLP’s 9/11 attorneys have represented many sarcoidosis clients before the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). We have secured non-cancer VCF payouts appropriate for the effects these related conditions have had on the health and lives of many survivors.
Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of the body – most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. Doctors believe sarcoidosis results from the body’s immune system responding to an unknown substance. Survivors of 9/11 most likely inhaled something from the air in the days after the attacks.
In some cases, the sarcoidosis goes away on its own, but in other cases it may last for years and eventually cause organ damage. Many survivors are not aware that there are non-cancer VCF payouts available, including compensation for sarcoidosis and other types of lung conditions caused by 9/11 exposure.
Sarcoidosis symptoms vary, depending on which organs are affected. Sarcoidosis sometimes develops gradually and produces symptoms which last for years. At other times, symptoms appear suddenly and then disappear just as quickly. Many people with sarcoidosis have no symptoms, so the disease may be discovered only when they have a chest X-ray for another reason.
General sarcoidosis symptoms include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Weight loss
9/11 Sarcoidosis Research
Research studies accepted by the federal government show that sarcoidosis may well have been caused by exposure to dust, fumes, and other toxic contaminants in Lower Manhattan in the months after 9/11. This is among the reasons it was added to the list of conditions covered under the Zadroga Act and is now eligible for non-cancer VCF payouts. Many different types of lung conditions caused by 9/11 are also covered by the Zadroga Act.
Our 9/11 attorneys can answer all of your questions about medical care or a medical award for sarcoidosis from the Victim Compensation Fund. Please call us at 800-887-7299 or fill out a contact form here for a FREE claim evaluation.
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