9/11 Uterine Cancer Attorneys
On May 10, 2022, the WTC Health Program announced the publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to add uterine cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. Uterine cancer, including endometrial cancer, is currently the only type of cancer not covered by the WTC Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
If and hopefully when the WTC Health Program adds uterine cancer to the list of covered cancers, this would allow the WTC Health Program to offer women free lifetime treatment services for uterine cancers. Under the rules of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, uterine cancer would then also become eligible for a financial award that includes pain and suffering plus any economic losses such as medical expenses and lost earnings.
After a long battle involving members of Congress, the process is finally underway to add uterine cancer to this list. The VCF and WTCHP will, likely this year, start to treat uterine cancer as a 9/11 presumed condition. If you were a 9/11 responder or lived, worked, or went to school near Ground Zero during or after 9/11, there will likely be a presumption that 9/11 caused your uterine cancer, and you have coverage for your treatment and other losses.
At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, we are relieved to hear this long-awaited news so that more people in need can get the help they deserve. If you or a family member received a uterine cancer diagnosis and were a 9/11 responder or were in the area in the days and months following this tragedy, call us for help to start to prepare for the filing your claim for medical coverage and compensation.
Why Wasn’t Uterine Cancer Previously a VCF Covered Condition?
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and World Trade Center Health Program previously covered close to 70 cancers as VCF covered conditions.
Eligible first responders, residents, employees, students, and other individuals in Lower Manhattan during the terrorist attacks and within months after can receive free health care for their condition under this fund. For quite some time, uterine cancer wasn’t a covered condition, although it should have been.
In 2019, the Office of the World Trade Center Health Administrator publicly noted that upon review of scientific and medical literature, they were not adding uterine cancer to the list of VCF-covered conditions. So why was there insufficient evidence to prove that uterine cancer might stem from toxic dust at Ground Zero? The 9/11 claims process is more challenging for women responders, from proving they have an eligible health condition to getting compensation. For example, cervical and ovarian cancers weren’t added to the list of VCF-covered conditions until 2013.
This is, at least in part, because men were largely used as research subjects for determining a 9/11-related illness. Even in the survivor population, men outnumber women, giving the WTC Health Program administrator pause to add to the coverage list female-specific illnesses.
Why You Should File a Claim Even if Your Condition Isn’t Covered?
What makes this situation worse is that many first responders and 9/11 survivors who were at or near Ground Zero between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, don’t know they can be eligible to receive benefits. A strong focus of the lawyers at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP is to educate 9/11 survivors.
We strongly encourage them to file a claim in order to protect their rights, whether or not they have not yet been diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness. This is because the 9/11 eligibility process requires claimants to prove that they were in lower Manhattan now over 20 years ago and the sooner “proof of presence” is locked down, the better.
Uterine cancer is a prime example of this. Many women suffering from this 9/11 linked condition had already filed claims before it became a covered condition. Since they have already filed claims, the following steps will be much easier for them.
Are the WTC Health Program Part and the VCF the Same?
The VCF and the WTC Health Program aren’t the same—they are different programs.
Each with its own:
- Registration process
- Eligibility requirements
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers the WTC Health Program, which provides eligible applicants with medical monitoring and treatment.
To qualify, you must have been:
- A responder for the WTC and related sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA
- A survivor—volunteer, student, resident, or employee—who was in the WTC Health Program’s New York City Disaster Area during the required timeframe
The U.S Department of Justice administers the VCF, which offers financial compensation for individuals diagnosed with an eligible 9/11-related illness and who meet specific eligibility criteria.
An application for or enrollment in the WTC Health Program doesn’t automatically register you with the VCF or file a claim on your behalf.
What is the WTC Health Program?
- New York City (NYC)
- The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia
- The crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Survivors who worked, lived, went to school, childcare, or adult daycare in the NYC Disaster Area during the ten months following 9/11 and people exposed to the dust or dust cloud on 9/11 are eligible to receive benefits under the program. This program also conducts scientific research to help identify, diagnose, and treat physical and mental health conditions linked to 9/11 exposures.
What is the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010?
President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act) into law (Public Law 111-347) on January 2, 2011. It altered the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve services and protections to people directly affected by September 11, 2001.
This Act established or reauthorized the following three programs helping those directly affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks:
- The WTC Health Program
- The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
- The WTC Health Registry
In December 2015, President Obama signed additional legislation to reauthorize the program and extend it another 75 years until 2090.
In 2019, the number of individuals who can newly enroll in the WTC Health Program increased.
The Zadroga Act not only addresses the administrative structure of the WTC Health Program but also solidifies enrollment, certification, health monitoring, and treatment eligibility.
As a federal law, The Zadroga Act requires an act of Congress for any changes. As such, the program can’t make requirement exemptions set by the Act. For instance, the program can’t enroll someone who doesn’t meet the requirements specified in the Act.
Do You Need an Attorney for Your Uterine Cancer Claim?
Now that uterine cancer is expected to become a certified condition under The World Trade Center Health Program, potentially eligible parties should start to prepare to get ready to file a claim. Having legal representation isn’t mandatory for filing a claim.
However, having a 9/11 cancer lawyer by your side to handle your VCF claim can make the process much easier and quicker. You’ll have an advocate on your side ready to answer your questions and help you with any issues you may encounter with your claim.
How Do You Apply for VCF for Uterine Cancer?
To apply for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, it’s best to contact a law firm with experience in representing 9/11 survivors and their families. Filing a claim requires time, knowledge, commitment, and resources. Therefore, survivors need someone in their corner who realizes the intricacies of these claims and the legal paperwork and documentation necessary for a successful claim.
Over the years, the federal government has extended and reauthorized the VCF several times, and there have been changes to the filing process. Applicants face even more steps and qualifications.
Let an attorney dedicated to 9/11 claims file and manage your case if you want to feel confident that you will receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Having a 9/11 law firm handle your claim also allows you more time to focus on your health.
Do You Qualify for a VCF Uterine Cancer Claim?
Only individuals diagnosed with conditions certified by the World Trade Center Health Program will qualify for compensation from the VCF. The WTCHP must certify that a woman’s exposure at or near Ground Zero (south of Houston Street) is presumed to have caused their uterine cancer before proceeding with VCF compensation.
However, for some survivors, this can be a drawn-out, frustrating process, but a 9/11 lawyer can help streamline the process and file your claim on your behalf.
When applying for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, you must consider these questions:
- Did you live, work, or attend school near the WTC site between 9/11/01 and 05/30/02?
- Were you a construction worker who handled debris or rubble from the WTC site?
- Were you a 9/11 first responder, such as an EMT, NYPD, FBI, FDNY, National Guard, or another type of responder or volunteer?
- Were you diagnosed with uterine cancer after 9/11?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, make it a priority to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable and compassionate 9/11 lawyer who can further evaluate your claim. Even if you left New York after 9/11, you can still qualify to receive compensation.
It costs you nothing to have a dedicated 9/11 lawyer review your potential claim to find out if you might be eligible to receive compensation from the government. Of course, not everyone qualifies for compensation, but many current or former New Yorkers are surprised to learn that they do.
Implications of Uterine Cancer
Receiving a cancer diagnosis of any kind can come as quite a shock. You may need to make some essential yet quick decisions. You may incur costly medical bills throughout your diagnosis and treatment, as well as pain and suffering.
Those with uterine cancer may also worry about their future. Unfortunately, having a VCF uterine cancer claim approval won’t make you well, but it can make managing life a little easier.
How Will an Attorney Evaluate My Claim?
When you meet with a 9/11 lawyer from our firm, they listen closely to your story and concerns. We appreciate the sensitive nature of your medical claims and the suffering you and your family members have endured. In addition, the attorney will review your medical records that can help determine if you qualify for federal assistance and payment from the VCF.
In addition to uterine cancer, some illnesses and conditions that might qualify for VCF compensation include, but are not limited to:
- Ovarian cancers
- Colon cancers
- Bladder cancers
- Breast cancers
- Kidney cancers
- Lung cancers
- Pancreatic cancers
- Prostate cancers
- Liver cancers
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Hodgkin’s disease lymphoma
- Thyroid cancers
It’s crucial to note that this isn’t an exhaustive list of covered conditions. Even if your diagnosis isn’t listed, you can still qualify. It’s best not to assume you don’t qualify. Rather, talk to an experienced 9/11 attorney from Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, as soon as possible.
Contact the Experienced September 11 Attorneys Today
If you have uterine cancer, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your condition is on the road to finally being a VCF-covered condition. Get in touch with us to learn about your next best steps.
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