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Gastroesophageal diseases are becoming more prevalent in 9/11 first responders and survivors.  Turley Hansen has represented clients with GERD before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus.

Many people experience acid reflux from time to time. GERD is mild acid reflux that occurs at least twice a week, or moderate to severe acid reflux that occurs at least once a week.

Most people can manage the discomfort of GERD with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. But some people with GERD may need stronger medications or surgery to ease symptoms.

The GERD symptoms and signs of gastroesophageal diseases include:

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be worse at night
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat


Research studies accepted by the federal government show that GERD can be caused by exposure to dust, fumes and other toxic contaminants found in lower Manhattan in the months after 9/11.

Should you have questions about medical care or an award for GERD from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-353-4907.