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Interstitial lung disease is a common illness found in many 9/11 first responders and survivors. Turley Hansen has represented many clients with interstitial lung disease before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Interstitial lung disease describes a large group of disorders, most of which cause progressive scarring of lung tissue which eventually affects your ability to breathe and get enough oxygen into your bloodstream.

This disease can be caused by long-term exposure to asbestos, hazardous materials and toxic contaminants like those found in lower Manhattan in the months after 9/11.

Once lung scarring occurs, it’s generally irreversible. Medications for interstitial lung disease may slow the damage of interstitial lung disease, but many people never regain full use of their lungs. Lung transplant is an option for some people who have interstitial lung disease.

Interstitial Lung disease symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath at rest or aggravated by exertion
  • Dry cough

Research studies accepted by the federal government show that interstitial lung disease 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 medical awards for interstitial lung disease from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-353-4907.