James Zadroga was a New York City Police Detective who served at Ground Zero during rescue, recovery and cleanup operations for an extended period of time. After 9/11, he developed a chronic cough and severe breathing troubles due to his exposure to the “toxic soup” near Ground Zero. His medical condition quickly deteriorated and he needed an oxygen tank to breath. He passed away in 2009 at age 34 leaving a four year old daughter.
The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010 re-opened the original 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 that was established soon after the terrorist attacks. The original 9/11 Fund, however, provided benefits only to the victims of that fateful day, leaving without any WTC medical benefits or compensation all of the clean-up workers, the next wave of first responders, residents, area workers or anyone else who then was sickened by the toxic dust.
The Zadroga Act sought to resolve this issue of the lack of benefits and, when passed in 2010, for the first time gave medical benefits and compensation to anyone involved in rescue, recovery and cleanup operations following the 9/11 attacks up through May 30, 2002.
The Zadroga Act–and the health benefits and victim compensation–was limited in two ways: First the funding for health care and compensation was capped and, second, the health and compensation benefits expired after five years, or by 2016.
In 2015, the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed to continue to provide health care and compensation to responders, workers, downtown residents and workers who are now ill with 9/11 illnesses related to toxic exposures, and in particular – cancer.
The “toxic soup” in lower Manhattan took a devastating toll on New York City’s police and firefighters, construction workers, volunteers, other essential personnel and downtown residents. One of the major battles facing 9/11 responders and downtown residents today is a abnormally high incidence of over 70 different types of cancers.
Turley Hansen – Here When You Need Us
The WTC lawyers at Turley Hansen have been representing 9/11 victims since 2001. We know the requirements of the two Zadroga Act programs–the WTC Health Program, and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund–and can help you gather the necessary documents to submit your claim for health benefits and VCF claim to obtain maximum compensation. We are staffed with compassionate and dedicated professionals who are dedicated to helping the 9/11 community.