When we think of the victims of 9/11, we tend to think of the first responders, recovery workers and the tens of thousands of adults who were going about their business in Lower Manhattan on that terrible day and in the weeks and months that followed. But the area around ground zero was also full of schools and classrooms.

Now, some young adults who were students at one of those schools in 2001 are reporting that they have developed cancer and other health problems because of the same toxic dust that has sickened thousands of others over the past 16 years.

As recently reported in the New York Post, Stuyvesant High School, just a few blocks away from the Twin Towers, was used as a staging area for rescue and recovery workers before the school reopened on October 9, 2001. Since then, former students and teachers at Stuyvesant and other Lower Manhattan schools such as Borough of Manhattan Community College and Pace University have been diagnosed with a variety of 9/11-related cancers and other conditions at a rate well-above the average for people of such a young age.

Help is Available for Young Adults Experiencing Health Problems Due to 9/11

Being diagnosed with cancer, lung disease, or any other chronic illness at a young age is devastating, no matter what the cause. But for those who were students in Lower Manhattan on 9/11, their illnesses – if determined to be 9/11-related – may make them eligible for cost-free medical treatment and monitoring as well as compensation for losses incurred for medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of quality of life.

Both the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) were established specifically for that purpose. Unfortunately, young people who were mere children on September 11th may not have any idea that these programs exist or how to go about applying for the critical benefits they can provide.

At Turley Hansen & Partners, all we do is help people of all ages who have suffered because of the 9/11 attacks get the benefits and resources they need to help them recover. This includes assisting with the often-complicated registration and claims process. This process can be tricky and detailed, involves the submission of significant information and supporting documentation, and is subject to strict filing deadlines. If you fail to submit your claim properly or miss those deadlines, you could lose your ability to get compensation and care that is there specifically to assist 9/11 victims. That’s why over 80% of all 9/11 victims choose to have a WTC lawyer help them with their claims.

Turley Hansen & Partners – Representing 9/11 Victims. Exclusively.

At Turley Hansen & Partners, we have been helping survivors, first responders, and recovery workers recover compensation since shortly after the towers fell. Our extensive experience and deep commitment to 9/11 victims has resulted in the recovery of over $75 million in VCF compensation on behalf of over 1,200 clients.

If you were a student in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 and are suffering from cancer, heart disease or other health problems, we invite you to contact us to see if we can help you through this difficult ordeal. Please call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) or fill out our contact form to arrange for your free 9/11 claim evaluation. We look forward to assisting you.