The majority of people think that 9/11 illnesses and disabilities are a New York problem. Unfortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth. On that horrific day, thousands of men and women rushed to ground zero to help victims of the attack. They spent days – sometimes weeks – breathing in the toxic dust-filled air as firefighters, rescue workers, volunteers, and police officers. Since that day, many have moved to other states and moved on with their lives, only to slowly become sick with sometimes-incurable diseases and cancers due to the toxic environment of ground zero.
Sadly, more than 1,800 first responders and victims have died because of 9/11 related diseases. It is estimated that in the end, the number of people who die because of diseases related to working at ground zero will greatly surpass the victims of the attacks that day.
Many of these first responders have since left New York and are now living scattered all throughout the United States. As the years passed by, many have developed coughs and other worrisome symptoms. They have been diagnosed with diseases, cancers, and non-curable illnesses – and many are unaware that this is directly attributed to the work they did on 9/11.
In 2010, Congress passed the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This act directly set up a health care program for 9/11 responders that have become ill. More than 70,000 people are currently enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program. Unfortunately, this Act is set to expire at the end of the month, if it is not extended.
“Our effort to renew the Zadroga Act is gaining traction as Members of Congress learn the scope of the health crisis facing 33,000 of their constituents, who live in every state and nearly every Congressional district,” said Richard Alles, FDNY Deputy Chief and Board Member of Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act.
Since 9/11, more police officers have died from related illnesses than perished in the attacks. More than 72,000 first responders and survivors receive medical monitoring because of 9/11 and 33,000 have at least one illness or injury. Over 4,100 first responders have been diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer. Enrollees in the program reside in all 50 states and in 429 of the 436 Congressional Districts.
Turley Hansen & Rosasco have been helping victims and first responders of 9/11 who have been diagnosed with cancers and other life-threatening illnesses, such as mesothelioma, get the help they need. Should you have any questions about the Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act or World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.