9/11 Victim Blog

Trump Administration Standing by Much-Criticized Plans to Change WTC Health Program

June 22, 2018

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

Despite scathing bipartisan criticism and serious concerns expressed by lawmakers, celebrities and 9/11 first responders, the Trump Administration has refused to modify its plans to change how the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) is managed and funded. These plans threaten a well-run and effective program which has provided and continues to provide vital, cost-free screening and treatment for over 83,000 first responders, recovery workers, and other survivors afflicted with cancer and scores of other 9/11-related health conditions. Earlier this year, as part of the administration’ proposed budget, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney announced a plan… READ ARTICLE

New Study Attempts to Estimate Future Cancer Cases in WTC First Responders

June 8, 2018

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 WTC Compensation Fund Lawyer

As we recently discussed, two new reports have added to the scientific and medical consensus that firefighters and other first responders who worked at the World Trade Center site on and after the 9/11 attacks were exposed to unprecedented environmental toxins and, as a result, have increased risks of many types of cancer. Thousands of cases of 9/11-related cancer have already been confirmed in WTC first responders, and those numbers are expected to grow. Now, researchers are attempting to determine just how many more 9/11-related cancer diagnoses among first responders can be expected in the years ahead. The study, “Estimation… READ ARTICLE

WTC Health Program Diagnosing More Breast Cancers

June 4, 2018

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on Breast Cancer

The air polluted with toxins by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in lower Manhattan has caused breast cancer in hundreds of downtown workers, downtown residents and first-responders. This tragedy, now about 17 years after the attacks, is getting worse. New cases of 9/11-caused breast cancer are being diagnosed by the doctors at the World Trade Center Health Program just about every day, with almost 400 cases of 9/11-caused breast cancer diagnosed so far. The doctors at the WTC Health Program have certified that the 9/11 toxic air caused 175 first responders to develop breast cancer. The current rate of breast cancer… READ ARTICLE

U.S. Was at War With al-Qaida Before 9/11 Military Judge Rules, Allowing Trial Against Alleged Plotter to Proceed

May 25, 2018

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

Programs established in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks – including the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program – have provided much needed financial and medical help to those who suffered because of the events of that tragic day. As effective and essential as these programs have been, one thing they cannot provide victims is justice and accountability for those who perpetrated these acts of terror. Though a recent court ruling has allowed a lawsuit brought by 9/11 victims against Saudi Arabia for its role in the attacks to proceed, most efforts at justice… READ ARTICLE

New Studies Show Increased Cancer Risk for Firefighters Who Responded to World Trade Center Attacks

May 11, 2018

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Cancers

Few groups have suffered from the long-term effects of the 9/11 attacks more than firefighters and other first responders who rushed to Ground Zero in the minutes, hours, and days after the first plane hit. Since that horrible day, scores of illnesses and cancers in firefighters, recovery workers, and residents of Lower Manhattan have been attributed to the “toxic cloud” which arose from the World Trade Center rubble. That cloud included many known carcinogens such as asbestos, glass fibers, lead, dioxins, PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl), PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and other hazards. In the first decade after 9/11, 697 cancers were… READ ARTICLE

Skin Cancers Most Common 9/11 Related Cancers

May 1, 2018

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

9/11 related skin cancer is, by far, the  most common type of cancer suffered by downtown  New York City residents, workers, and students who were present in lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 attacks. This exposed population suffers from many types of skin cancers, including non-melanoma (malignant neoplasms) skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Less common, but much more serious, are malignant melanomas of the skin. Fortunately, downtown residents, workers, and students can receive lifetime healthcare form the World Trade Center Health Program which pays 100% for the cost of care of all 9/11-related dermatological… READ ARTICLE