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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma have caused suffering by to many 9/11 first responders, rescue workers, downtown Manhattan office workers and residents. Turley Hansen & Rosasco represents many clients with COPD and other breathing conditions before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

There are two main conditions included with COPD: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is a chronic progressive disease (meaning that it gets worse over time) that can cause difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and uncontrolled coughing producing mucus/phlegm

The Original “World Trade Center Cough

Unfortunately, many of the people exposed to the 9/11 toxic dust and fumes began to have respiratory symptoms shortly after 9/11. Most conditions were reported as a “World Trade Center Cough.” As months and years passed, the cough remained and other even more serious chronic conditions set in, including COPD. COPD develops and gets worse slowly over time. Many people don’t even know that they have it. It is a major cause of disability (and even death). COPD often limits the sufferer’s ability to work and perform basic activities such as climbing stairs, walking, and taking care of one’s own home.

COPD and Asthma Sufferers Are Entitled to 100% Free Health Care and Compensation

The World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provide for free health care and victim compensation for exposed individuals suffering from COPD, asthma or emphysema. Originally, these two programs provided medical care and compensation to individuals who were suffering from aggravations or a worsening of pre-existing 9/11 COPD.

After many more scientific medical studies the WTC Health Program and the VCF were expanded (on August 5, 2016) to also include new-onset COPD. So now, under the new rules, any 9/11-exposed individual with COPD–whether the COPD was pre-existing and aggravated or a new diagnosis–is entitled to free heath care and victim compensation.

Should you have questions about free medical care or a compensation award for COPD from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.