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9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Awards: Case Results

Fortunately, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is now fully funded after the President signed the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” Now, 9/11 survivors, first responders and their families have until 2090 to pursue a claim with the VCF. The fund ensures that there is always enough money to fund benefits to people and families who helped us during our darkest hours on and after 9/11.

Survivors, such as downtown workers, residents and students, should not worry about taking money from first responders. The VCF is fully funded for everyone  who is diagnosed with an eligible 9/11 condition, not just police and firefighters. It recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of professionals, bankers, brokers, employees, utility workers, cleanup crews, nurses, doctors, students, residents and many others in the area to get our city up and going again after the attacks. You name it – if you were below Canal Street anytime between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002, our attorneys can help you apply for the benefits you deserve.

Our attorneys have been representing 9/11 victims since 2001. Our track record of success speaks for itself. There is a reason so many 9/11 survivors and responders choose Hansen & Rosasco, LLP to represent them. We know what we have to prove to maximize your award from the 911 Victim Compensation Fund – and we do it every day for our clients. We listen to our clients and take the time to perfect each claim. We are proud that our law firm has recovered some of the largest individual monetary awards from the VCF to date.

Here are just some of the many awards we secured for our clients.

Case Results Highlights

$3.4 million for a downtown Manhattan professional disabled by breast cancer

Manhattan professionals who worked in Lower Manhattan south of Canal Street breathed in many of the toxins on 9/11 and throughout the months that followed. These toxins have led to over 70 types of cancers, including breast cancer (both female and male). 911 breast cancer is one of the top three most common cancers. Survivors and employees in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 now develop breast cancer at higher rates than the general population.

A study in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum concluded that 9/11 survivors and employees have a 9 percent higher risk of developing cancer, especially breast cancer. An astonishing 70+ studies now link 9/11 and the PCBs in the air to breast cancer in both men and women.

$3.4 million VCF loss of earnings (economic damages) and pain and suffering (non-economic damages) award for a Wall Street area professional 100 percent disabled by 9/11-related metastatic breast cancer.

Of all the cancers, metastatic cancer is the most deadly. Metastatic cancer means that the cancer spread to other body tissues, organs, and lymph nodes. It is significantly more difficult to treat metastatic cancer than other types of cancer. Breast cancer is especially high in both men and women present in the NYC Exposure Zone after 9/11.

The VCF allows victims to seek compensation for economic damages, as well as non-economic damages. However, it is often difficult to obtain these awards without a 9/11 lawyer fighting for your rights. Often this requires our attorneys to coordinate the VCF claim with a related 9/11Social Security disability claim. We worked aggressively to help this client obtain the money they needed—and deserved—after becoming fully disabled. 

$3.2 million for a police officer disabled by colon cancer

Police officers in New York rushed to the scene of the attacks. In the days and months that followed, they assisted residents and helped rescue victims from the rubble. They patrolled areas, offered care to victims, and ensured the safety of a community in terror. Now, many NYPD officers have deadly cancers and conditions.

911 Colon (colorectal) cancer is a common cancer caused by the 9/11 toxins. In fact, it is one of the top 15 World Trade Center Health Program certified cancers. Since 2001, more than 370 first responders and 200 survivors have qualified for WTC Health Program benefits due to colon cancer because of their presence near Ground Zero after the attacks.

Luis Alvarez, an NYPD detective, and the brother of Phil Alvarez, our law firm’s Director of 9/11 Outreach, died of 9/11 colon cancer. The “ Never Forget the Heroes Act” is partly named after Luis Alvarez.  Colon cancer starts as a growth in the inner lining of the colon. These growths, called polyps, can be benign at first, but may become cancerous over time. When it does turn cancerous, it can quickly become fatal. All 9/11 survivors should undergo routine screening to rule out deadly colon cancer.

$3.1 million for NYPD officer with a 3/4 WTC disability pension disabled by 9/11 kidney cancer.

The toxic building materials used in the World Trade Center became exposed and airborne after the buildings collapsed. NYPD officers and other responders breathed in these toxins. Now, NYPD officers develop a variety of 9/11 cancers at an alarming rate. Kidney cancer is one of the top 15 most common WTC Health Program certified cancers.

Kidney cancer can take years to develop. Over this time, the cancer can metastasize and spread to other vital organs. Even if it is caught early, some individuals lose full function in their kidneys or one kidney must be surgically removed. This can result in significant disability and a lifetime of dialysis. Survivors should obtain compensation, and possibly Social Security disability benefits, to help them through this ordeal.

$3 million for a spouse of a Wall Street Broker who passed from multiple myeloma

In addition to survivors and responders, families who lost loved ones can receive compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, we can help you and your loved ones file claims with the VCF to obtain compensation for lost earnings, pain & suffering and funeral expenses. This is often a long process, but it is one that we are prepared to fight. We will file the proper papers with your local Surrogate’s Court, at NO charge to you, to allow your family to make a death claim. But be careful – there are important strict deadlines about families filing death claims for their loved ones. Call us today for more information.

Multiple myeloma is one of the most common blood cancers certified by the WTC Health Program. It is the second most common blood cancer in adults. Firefighters at the scene are two times more likely to develop multiple myeloma. Individuals and professionals who worked in the area during that time are also at a greater risk of suffering from this fatal cancer. Some studies show that 9/11 victims not only develop multiple myeloma at a younger age, but they also develop a more deadly form of this cancer.

$2.2 million for September 11th, 2001 Victim Compensation Fund award for NYPD sergeant with brain cancer and WTC disability pension.

NYPD officers and other first responders helped the victims of 9/11 after the Twin Towers fell. In the years that passed, many of these responders developed deadly forms of cancer, including brain cancer. According to the WTC Health Program, brain cancer is one of the most commonly certified 9/11 cancers.

A new study found a significant increase in head and neck cancers in workers and volunteers present after 9/11. In first responders and other survivors, there is a 40 percent increase in the development of head and neck cancers.

Brain cancer can result in serious and lifelong disabilities and impairments. It is also extremely fatal, depending on the type of cancer and location of the cancer. While doctors can operate on some brain cancers, others are located in places that are not easily treated. Victims need compensation to help them cope with life after a brain cancer diagnosis. This includes free WTC Health Program medical treatment, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering they will endure.

$2.1 million for NYPD police officer 100 percent disabled by 9/11 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and related breathing problems.

Breathing in over 2,500 contaminants throughout the months that followed 9/11 took a serious toll on the lungs of first responders and survivors. Now, many of them battle chronic respiratory conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There is no cure for COPD and it is a lifelong and chronically disabling lung condition.

COPD itself is a progressive, chronic inflammatory lung disease. As the disease worsens, victims find it increasingly difficult to breathe and perform their daily activities. Our attorneys help many apply for Social Security disability benefits. Survivors can seek to lessen the discomfort by undergoing a variety of treatments and taking medications daily. However, many still suffer the effects and are unable to resume an active lifestyle or return to work as the disease progresses. As such, they need compensation from the VCF to help them battle this condition and medical care from the World Trade Center Health Program.

More Results

Wall Street Executives

  • $1.3 million for Wall Street area vice president 100 percent disabled by 9/11-related multiple myeloma.
  • $829, 000 for a Wall Street broker diagnosed with 9/11 sarcoidosis and asthma.
  • $806,000 for an investment consultant who was disabled by chronic tracheitis and 9/11 reactive airway disease syndrome (RADS).

First Responders

  • $2.1 million for the 9/11-related death of a Counter-Terrorism HAZMAT officer with 9/11 metastatic bladder cancer.
  • $1.9 million for the 9/11-related death of a New York City Police Department detective who died of 9/11 lung cancer.
  • $1.8 million VCF award for New York City Detective whose death was caused by WTC related Hodgkins’ Paragranuloma and treatment-induced Polyneuropathy. 
  • $1.8 million VCF award for 9/11 death of FDNY firefighter who died of WTC related colorectal cancer.
  • $1.7 million for an EMT first responder 100 percent disabled by 9/11 colon and rectal cancer.
  • $1.7 million for a disabled NYC firefighter due to 9/11 WTC related asthma, GERD, sleep apnea, and RADS (reactive airway disease).
  • $1.7 million for an NYPD captain with 9/11 cancer soft tissue sarcoma.
  • $1.6 million for an FDNY firefighter disabled by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • $1.6 million for a totally disabled NYC police officer with a severe back condition, asthma, and reactive airway disease syndrome (RADS).
  • $1.5 million for FDNY firefighter widow whose husband died from colon cancer.
  • $1.4 million for NYC police officer 100 percent disabled by multiple 9/11 breathing problems resulting in both 3/4 WTC disability pension and 9/11 Social Security disability benefits.
  • $1.3 million for an NYPD detective with 9/11 cancer basal cell carcinoma and multiple myeloma.
  • $1.2 million for emergency medical technician (EMT) permanently disabled by COPD, reactive airway disease (RADS), asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and 9/11 sleep apnea.
  • $1.2 million for an NYPD detective first responder disabled by metastatic melanoma (skin cancer) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • $1.15 million for volunteer firefighter and Teamster truck driver disabled by 9/11 prostate cancer, urinary incontinence, impotence, thyroid cancer, extrinsic asthma, and secondary diabetes. The client was treated for his prostate cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
  • $1.1 million for FDNY Lieutenant with 9/11 COPD and disabling respiratory disorders.
  • $1.0 million for NYC Fire Department EMT with WTC related liver cancer.
  • $1.0 million award for a female NYC police officer with 911 basal cell skin cancer on multiple parts of her face, obstructive sleep apnea, and asthma.
  • $992,000 for an NYPD police officer with 9/11 testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
  • $980,000 for NYPD inspector who was found 100 percent disabled by 9/11 prostate cancer.
  • $854,000 for an NYPD officer with colon and 9/11 rectal cancer requiring surgery and chemotherapy.
  • $845,000 for FDNY EMT disabled by 9/11 lymphosarcoma and asthma.
  • $819,000 for a New Jersey volunteer firefighter first responder disabled by 9/11 rectal cancer and respiratory diseases.
  • $807,000 for Long Island volunteer fireman with cancer of the rectum. Social security disability claim pending.
  • $800,000 on appeal for an NYPD officer with COPD.
  • $744,000 for FDNY paramedic with 9/11-related breast cancer.
  • $708,000 for an FDNY EMT first responder disabled by severe asthma, sinusitis, obstructive sleep apnea, and esophageal reflux (GERD).
  • $702,400 for an NYPD police officer first responder disabled by severe asthma.
  • $699,000 for an NYC hospital paramedic first responder disabled by Hodgkin’s disease lymphoma, stage IV B (blood cancer).
  • $685,500 for an FDNY EMT first responder disabled by severe asthma, Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal reflux, GERD, chronic rhinitis, and traumatic back injuries.
  • $123,000 pain and suffering award for NYPD police officer with extrinsic asthma, chronic rhinitis, and sinusitis. 
  • $123,000 pain and suffering award for NYC firefighter with chronic rhinitis, asthma, sinusitis, and obstructive sleep apnea.
  • $90,000 pain and suffering award for NYPD officer with chronic bronchitis.
  • $90,000 pain and suffering award for FDNY EMT with diseases of the larynx and obstructive sleep apnea.
  • $585,900 for an NYPD first responder disabled by 9/11 chronic lymphoid leukemia (blood cancer).
  • $517,000 for Red Cross Volunteer with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sleep apnea.
  • $488,000 for a volunteer first responder disabled by severe asthma and sinusitis.
  • $486,000, after disability pension offset as a collateral source, for NYC firefighter 100 percent disabled by COPD.
  • $440,700 for an NYPD police officer first responder disabled by severe asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, and esophageal reflux.
  • $439,800 for an NYPD police officer first responder partially disabled by kidney cancer, skin cancer, severe asthma, sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, obstructive sleep apnea, and chronic cough.
  • $375,000 for a volunteer firefighter first responder suffering from colon cancer, liver cancer, and spleen cancer requiring multiple surgeries and chemotherapy.
  • $340,000 for an FDNY EMS first responder suffering from thyroid cancer, skin cancer, and urinary tract cancer.
  • $340,000 pain and suffering damages (non- economic damages) award for an NYPD first responder suffering from 9/11 throat cancer, 9/11 lung cancer, and 9/11 skin cancer.
  • $300,000 pain and suffering award for NYPD detective with malignant melanoma of the skin and other malignant neoplasm of the skin. 

Downtown Manhattan Resident

  • $1.1 million for Battery Park area resident (below Canal Street) between 9/11/2001 and 5/30/2002 with breast cancer, double mastectomy, and lymphedema.
  • $884,000 for the 9/11-related death of a Downtown Manhattan Battery Park resident who died of lung cancer.
  • $600,000 for the 9/11-related death of a Tribeca resident below Canal Street with who died as a result of thymus cancer.
  • $340,000 for a Downtown Manhattan area resident suffering from 9/11 thyroid cancer.
  • $250,000 pain and suffering award for a Chinatown resident with lung cancer.
  • $250,000 pain and suffering award for a Alfred Smith Houses downtown Manhattan resident with 9/11 bladder cancer in remission.

Downtown Manhattan Student

  • $872,000 for a New York University (NYU) student with rectal cancer.

Financial District Executive

  • $2.1 million for the 9/11-related death of Downtown Manhattan finance broker who died due to 9/11 colon cancer.
  • $975,000 for Chase Manhattan Bank officer 100 percent disabled by severe asthma and breathing disorders.
  • $707,000 for Wall Street area accountant with post-inflammatory pulmonary fibrosis and esophageal reflux.
  • $685,000 for Wall Street trader with Polycythemia vera blood cancer.
  • $279,000 for Wall Street financial coordinator with thyroid cancer and asthma.
  • $250,000 pain and suffering award for Wall Street area administrative worker with 9/11 breast cancer.
  • $250,000 pain and suffering award only on an expedited dire needs basis for a Wall Street executive with untreatable bile duct 9/11 cancer.
  • $125,000 pain and suffering award for Wall Street floor trader with basal cell 9/11 cancer of the skin.

Construction Worker

  • $1.3 million for the family of deceased Tully Construction concrete worker at Ground Zero.
  • $1.1 million for an IOUE Local 15 operating engineer with undifferentiated high grade pleomorphic 9/11 sarcoma cancer that required radical resection of the sciatic nerve and hamstring muscle. 
  • $1.1 million for ironworker and volunteer firefighter disabled by both asthma and 9/11 thyroid cancer.
  • $1.1 million plus funeral expenses for the 9/11-related death of dock builder who died as a result of melanoma skin cancer.
  • $1.0 million for construction foreman 100 percent disabled by 9/11 multiple myeloma and asthma.
  • $1.0 million VCF award for a construction worker who died of WTC related lung cancer.
  • $1.0 million for Local 3 electrical foreman with 9/11 multiple myeloma.
  • $937,000 payout for Con Ed cable splicer prostate cancer—9/11 wrongful death claim payable to family.
  • $923,000 for a crash site construction worker disabled by 9/11 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • $892,000 for a Local 3 electrician with thyroid cancer.
  • $554,700 for a Ground Zero ironworker disabled by a traumatic knee injury.
  • $369,000 for a paralegal with breast cancer who worked for an international law firm with over 500 attorneys.
  • $354,000 for teamster truck driver with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • $346,000 for New York City Transit Bus Driver with COPD and lost earnings.
  • $300,000 for a sheet metal worker with melanoma 9/11 skin cancer.
  • $300,000 pain and suffering award for truck driver with both prostate and 9/11 thyroid cancer.
  • $300,000 for NYC probation officer with colon 9/11 cancer.
  • $250,000 pain and suffering award for insurance executive with 9/11 stomach cancer.
  • $250,000 pain and suffering award for construction tool shed worker with prostate cancer requiring surgical removal of the prostate. 

Telecommunications Worker

  • $1.9 million VCF award for wrongful 9/11 death claim for Verizon technician line worker with WTC related colon cancer.
  • $963,000 for Verizon cable splicer with nasal and 9/11 sinus cancer requiring surgery.

Pentagon Responder

Helping You Obtain the Compensation You Deserve

At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, our 9/11 attorneys dedicated our lives to helping victims and survivors of 9/11 and their families. We have been representing 9/11 Victims since 2001. We know firsthand the devastation endured by the people of New York in those years following the attacks. As more and more survivors began to grow ill, we stepped up to help them obtain the money they deserved. Our law firm has been on the forefront of getting legislation pushed through that would secure and fully fund the VCF.

You do not have to prove that 9/11 caused your cancer or medical condition. However, you must establish that you have a certified 9/11-related illness or cancer and that you were present in the Exposure Zone after 9/11. Basically, if you have an illness and were in the Exposure Zone, the law presumes that 9/11 caused it. As such, more individuals can seek compensation than initially realized.

If you have questions or concerns about whether you may qualify for compensation through the VCF, we can help. Our law firm knows how to help you get the benefits and help you deserve. Let us fight for you, so you can focus on the things in life that matter to you most. Call us today at (855) 353-4907 or contact us for a free initial consultation and review of your case.

After the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, the citizens of New York banded together to help the city recover. In the months following the attacks, they hauled away debris, cleaned up their storefronts, reopened businesses, and tried to resume a normal life. During this time, they breathed in toxins and jet fuel. The air in Lower Manhattan was choked with a cloud of thick dust that contained more than 2,500 contaminants. This dust included silica, asbestos, glass, lead, and metals. Now, many of these residents, survivors, volunteers, and first responders have serious and chronic disabling breathing conditions and cancers.

Why are so many people sick? The EPA and many New York safety officials assured residents and volunteers in New York that they were safe. They routinely said that the air was safe to breathe. It was not, and they were wrong.

To help these survivors and their families, Congress started the Victim Compensation Fund. This fund offers eligible survivors a monetary compensation award for their condition and for the pain and suffering they endured. It is difficult to gain eligibility however and this process is time-consuming.

At Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, our 9/11 attorneys know the uphill battle that 9/11 survivors face when trying to collect compensation. We dedicated our entire practice to helping them obtain justice and find the help they need. We stand by families and survivors of 9/11, and we always have. For decades, we have helped countless survivors obtain the compensation they deserve, and we will fight aggressively for you.

Regardless of the severity of your 9/11-related medical condition, call the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund lawyers at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP today at 1- 800-887-7299  for a FREE, no obligation legal consultation to find out how much compensation and healthcare benefits you may be entitled to from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Some of the awards listed above reflect total awards prior to offsets and rounding of award amounts for ease of illustration. All descriptions/occupations/employers of  individuals receiving such awards have been disguised to protect individual client privacy. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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