First Responders

Zadroga Act 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum To Speak At Forum For Survivors And First Responders In Brooklyn Next Week

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

The forum will continue with the campaign in reaching as many 9/11 survivors and first responders as possible in informing them to register with the VCF whether they have become ill with a 9/11 related illness or not. The fast approaching deadline date is October 3, 2013.

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Posted under: First Responders, Survivors, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Ground Zero Volunteers Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits Under The WTC Volunteer Fund May Also Apply To The Zadroga Act Fund

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

Normally a volunteer in any capacity would not be able to collect workers compensation benefits, but a unique exception was made for volunteers who participated in rescue, recovery and clean up efforts during 9/11 and the aftermath. 9/11 Volunteers may be collecting benefits under the World Trade Center Volunteer Fund for illnesses and injuries that are not covered under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

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Posted under: First Responders, Illnesses Covered, Survivors, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

World Trade Center Health Program Marks 2nd Year Of Providing Free Health Care For 9/11 First Responders Under The Zadroga Bill

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

The WTHP has partnered with many other advocate groups in a campaign to reach as many people as possible are who were exposed to 9/11 toxins and debris in order to ensure that they know about the program and get them to enroll so that they can receive the free health care they deserve. Recently, the WTCHP added medical monitoring and treatment for those who responded volunteered and performed clean- up and recovery efforts in the attacks at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA and the airplane crash in Shanksville, PA. (link) The outreach campaign stresses the importance that anyone who was exposed to toxic debris from 9/11 to enroll in the WTCHP. If you live out of the NYC Metro Area, you can still get the care you need. There is a nationwide network (link) that is provided for those living outside the NYC Metro area

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Posted under: 9/11 Cancers, First Responders, Illnesses Covered, Prostate Cancer, Survivors, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Study Shows 9/11 First Responders Have 15% Higher Cancer Risk As Deadline For Zadroga Registration Nears

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

Currently, prostate cancer is not covered for treatment under the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). However, last week a proposed rule was set forth and prostate cancer is anticipated to be added to the WTCHP as early as the end of this summer. Once prostate cancer is approved under the WTCHP, it is likely that Special Master Sheila Birnbaum will also consider adding prostate cancer as a covered illness under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

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Posted under: 9/11 Cancers, Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Anticipated To Be Added As A Covered Cancer Under the World Trade Center Health Program

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

A petition for prostate cancer coverage under the WTCHP was organized by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and given to the World Trade Center Health Program Director, Dr. John Howard on May 2 of this year. The petition prompted Dr. Howard to review published studies that showed a link between increased risk of prostate cancer in 9/11 First Responders and exposure to World Trade Center toxins. As a result of his review, Dr. Howard made a recommendation that prostate cancer be added to the WTCHP.

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Posted under: 9/11 Cancers, First Responders, Illnesses Covered, Prostate Cancer, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, World Trade Center Health Program