9/11 Victim Blog

President Trump Approves Permanent 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Extension to 2092

July 29, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation

This is a significant but sad day for the entire 9/11 community. President Donald Trump just signed the permanent extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The new Zadroga Act has been renamed the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11 Victim Compensation Act”. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will provide awards and payouts for first responders and Downtown Manhattan residents, workers, and students with cancer and other illnesses until 2092.  As experienced attorneys who have been representing the 9/11 community since 2001, we are grateful to all those… READ ARTICLE

Bill to Authorize 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Until 2090 Passes in Senate

July 23, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation

              Many individuals and families have been waiting for this day for many years. On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – the Senate gathered to vote on a bill to extend the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to the year 2090. As first responders and families who lost loved ones to 9/11 illnesses gathered in the courtroom, we all waited patiently for the vote to come to an end – hoping it would prevent these individuals from sitting in these seats ever again. With opposition from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), followed by two heartfelt, passionate and… READ ARTICLE

New Link Found Between World Trade Center Dust and 9/11 Prostate Cancer Cases

July 2, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Prostate Cancer

The World Trade Center Dust Cloud Many remember the dark dust cloud that covered New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. For first responders, commuters and anyone who worked in Downtown Manhattan, it was overwhelming as everyone tried to escape the congestion, chaos and fumes. For viewers far away, it was horrific to see the city skyline covered by this dark cloud. The effects of the World Trade Center dust are still afflicting many others today with various 9/11 cancers and other illnesses. Our VCF lawyers know just how impactful this toxic cloud was for many first… READ ARTICLE

McConnell Announces Vote on Bill to Make 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Permanent

July 1, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Appeals

Mitch McConnell Sees the “Urgency” for Himself After begging, frustration, and great sadness for many first responders and 9/11 victims, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has finally agreed to open a vote for a bill that will create a permanent compensation fund for 9/11 victims, survivors and their families. Additionally, there is now a bipartisan filibuster-proof majority in the Senate to support this legislation. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) bill will likely hit the Senate floor for a vote in just a few months. This is a great victory, especially for those who have been fighting for federal… READ ARTICLE

The Rise in Prostate Cancer in World Trade Center First Responders

June 24, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Cancers

9/11 Cancer and Treatment As the future of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) remains uncertain, cancer experts are finding new higher risks in first responders who were at the World Trade Center “Exposure Zone.” Research shows there is a greater risk for prostate cancer in first responders who had the most direct exposure to various toxins at Ground Zero. There has been an increase in diagnoses of prostate cancer, particularly among younger men, says Dr. William Oh, a prostate oncologist at Mount Sinai: “The amount of exposure to these toxins that was in the World Trade Center dust may… READ ARTICLE

The VCF, Jon Stewart, and Mitch McConnell: What We Need to Remember

June 21, 2019

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Appeals

Why Do We Represent 9/11 Victims? Because they deserve it. Because they need it. And because we care – just like Jon Stewart.  We have been representing 9/11 victims since 2001 and our experience is unmatched. Perhaps the only thing we have more of than our experience is our compassion and willingness to listen to our clients’ stories and daily struggles. In the midst of the media headlines and conversations surrounding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Jon Stewart’s support and Mitch McConnell’s comments, there is one important thing the lawyers at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco always keep in mind: the… READ ARTICLE