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9/11-Related Cancer Takes the Life of Another NYPD Hero

August 17, 2018

By on 9/11 Cancers

The recent passing of a veteran NYPD cop who rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11th is yet another unwelcome reminder that cancers and other illnesses related to that terrible day continue to take the lives of first responders, recovery workers, and others. Officer Richard Lopez, 52, passed away due to cancer he contracted during his duty assignment at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks. A 20-year NYPD veteran and former Marine, Lopez worked at the World Trade Center site for months after 9/11 engaged in search, rescue, and recovery operations. He left behind a wife and daughter. […]

Lung Cancer Screening Through the WTC Health Program

July 27, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

  9/11 Lung Cancer screening is available through the World Trade Center Health Program for first responders, lower Manhattan residents and lower Manhattan workers.  This also includes screening for the numerous kinds of cancers that researchers have linked to exposure to the toxic cloud of dust and debris that lingered over and around Ground Zero after the attacks. The WTCHP covers diagnostic services, including blood work, imaging studies, biopsies, and specialty consults that a WTCHP doctor needs to determine if you have a cancer that is covered by the program. 9/11 Lung cancer is one of those cancers. Early diagnosis […]

9/11 Firefighter’s Recent Death Shows Struggles of PTSD and Struggles With Pension Benefits

July 13, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

Joe Battista was an FDNY firefighter who worked for months at Ground Zero after the September 11th attacks, and then spent time sifting through debris at the Fresh Kills landfill looking for human remains. This soul-crushing work eventually took its toll. Battista was certified by the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) as having 9/11-related lung problems and acid reflux disease. But he also was certified by the WTCHP and numerous doctors as having severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and insomnia related to his post-9/11 work. He spent time in and out of mental hospitals, became estranged from his wife […]

9/11 Prostate Cancer Victim Compensation Fund Claims Soar

June 26, 2018

By on 9/11 Prostate Cancer

9/11 Prostate cancer caused by the toxic 9/11 dust has been diagnosed in almost 2,000 downtown workers, residents, students, and first responders. This year, the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) certified that 1,995 cases of prostate cancer were caused by the dust and other fallout from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That’s a shocking, sad and disturbing number of almost epidemic proportions. In addition, our office is seeing more and more young clients between the ages of 45 – 60 being diagnosed with 9/11 prostate cancer.  One of the most important things Turley, Hansen does when we are retained by […]

Trump Administration Standing by Much-Criticized Plans to Change WTC Health Program

June 22, 2018

By on 9/11 Victim Compensation

Despite scathing bipartisan criticism and serious concerns expressed by lawmakers, celebrities and 9/11 first responders, the Trump Administration has refused to modify its plans to change how the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) is managed and funded. These plans threaten a well-run and effective program which has provided and continues to provide vital, cost-free screening and treatment for over 83,000 first responders, recovery workers, and other survivors afflicted with cancer and scores of other 9/11-related health conditions. Earlier this year, as part of the administration’ proposed budget, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney announced a plan […]

New Study Attempts to Estimate Future Cancer Cases in WTC First Responders

June 8, 2018

By on 9/11 WTC Compensation Fund Lawyer

As we recently discussed, two new reports have added to the scientific and medical consensus that firefighters and other first responders who worked at the World Trade Center site on and after the 9/11 attacks were exposed to unprecedented environmental toxins and, as a result, have increased risks of many types of cancer. Thousands of cases of 9/11-related cancer have already been confirmed in WTC first responders, and those numbers are expected to grow. Now, researchers are attempting to determine just how many more 9/11-related cancer diagnoses among first responders can be expected in the years ahead. The study, “Estimation […]

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