The dust, fumes, and debris inhaled at and around Ground Zero are responsible for the development of a wide range of cancers in 9/11 survivors and responders. This includes numerous forms of head and neck cancers (including oral cavity, throat, voice box, sinuses, nasal cavity and salivary gland cancers). Many if not most such cancers are covered by both the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) as well as the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). The 9/11 cancer compensation lawyers at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco help those suffering from 9/11-related head and neck cancers get the compensation and treatment they need to move forward with their lives.
What are Head and Neck Cancers?
Head and neck cancers usually begin in the “squamous cells” that line the moist surfaces inside the mouth, the nose, and the throat. These cancers are commonly named by their locations:
- Oral Cancer: includes the lips, tongue, gums, inside the cheeks, bottom of the mouth, top of the mouth.
- Throat (pharynx) Cancer: The pharynx is a hollow tube about 5 inches long that starts behind the nose and leads to the esophagus.
- Larynx (voice box): The larynx contains the vocal cords. It also prevents food from entering the air passages.
- Sinuses and nasal cavity: The sinuses are small hollow spaces in the bones of the head surrounding the nose. The nasal cavity is the hollow space inside the nose.
- Salivary glands: The major salivary glands are in the floor of the mouth and near the jawbone. The salivary glands produce saliva.
Two of the most common 9/11-related cancers — thyroid cancer and oropharyngeal cancer — are head and neck cancers. No-cost treatment is available through the WTCHP for these covered cancers as well as the following other forms of head and neck cancer:
- Accessory sinuses
- Base of tongue
- Floor of mouth
- Nasal cavity
- Other and ill-defined conditions in the lip, oral cavity, and pharynx
- Other and unspecified major salivary glands
- Other and unspecified parts of mouth
- Other and unspecified parts of tongue
- Parotid gland
- Piriform sinus
Treatments for 9/11-related head and neck cancer available through the WTCHP can include:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Palliative pain treatment
- Stereotactic radiosurgery/stereotactic radiotherapy
- Proton beam therapy
In some cases, the WTCHP will pay for medically necessary dental care for members who have certified 9/11-related head and neck cancers. In addition to the treatment available through the WTCHP, compensation for past medical expenses and other costs incurred because of 9/11-related head and neck cancer may be available through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
When filing a claim for medical expenses related to your head and neck cancer, you will need to complete the VCF Medical Expense Worksheet. In addition to filling out the worksheet, you will need to provide receipts, invoices, bills, or other documentation for each specific expense showing the amounts you have paid.
Since the passage of the original Zadroga Act in 2010, Turley, Hansen & Rosasco has recovered over $100 million in 9/11 victim compensation for over 1600 clients, including those suffering from cancers of the head and neck. We are the only law firm in the nation that focuses exclusively on representing victims and first responders for their 9/11-related cancers, illnesses and injuries. Please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (982-4636) or fill out our contact form to schedule a free claim review today.