Two federal programs—the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)—provide medical care and financial assistance to the construction and cleanup workers who responded to the disaster.
In the twenty plus years since 9/11, thousands of construction and cleanup workers, including many volunteers, any have now fallen ill with medical conditions linked to their prolonged exposure to dangerous toxins, many of them cancer-causing, that contaminated the dust, debris, and building materials that littered 9/11 cleanup sites
The days and months after the September 11, 2001 attacks were a time of true horror; a time when many worked or volunteered to aid in the Ground Zero cleanup and recovery of the Ground Zero “Crash Site Area” which encompassed the streets and hundreds of buildings throughout Lower Manhattan. These cleanup and recovery workers still suffer from having breathed the toxic fumes, a high volume of asbestos exposure, and other 9/11 dust that covered New York City buildings and streets. These workers and volunteers braved this dark cloud to help in any way they could – and at the sacrifice of their own health and safety.
Ground Zero cleanup and recovery workers are eligible for payouts from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). We continue to see a huge increase in 9/11 cancer cases and breathing/digestion problems in cleanup and recovery workers due to their direct asbestos exposure and inhalation and ingestion of other harmful toxins. There are financial awards available through the VCF as well as lifetime medical care through the WTC Health Program. The lawyers at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP are here to guide those suffering from a 9/11-related illness through every step of both of these complicated federal programs.
If you were a worker in the Ground Zero cleanup and recovery efforts – or have a family member who was – please contact our firm about filing a claim and getting your 9/11 cancer or related illness approved for free lifetime treatment covered by the WTC Health Program as well as compensation from the 9/11 Fund. You have given your time and were exposed to 9/11 dust and toxins. You now deserve the time and ability to care for yourself with the peace of mind knowing your claim is being handled.
We have represented and won claims for hundreds of individuals who served in the Ground Zero cleanup and recovery efforts. We have heard the terror in our clients’ voices – explaining the sights they witnessed in the days after the attacks. We know just how much your illnesses and your experiences have impacted your life – and we are here to care for you and get you compensation.
If you have any questions about your 9/11 cancer claim, and awards or medical care through the Zadroga Act’s VCF or WTC Health Program, please call our WTC lawyers today at 1-800-887–7299 or get a FREE claim review here.
Who were the 9/11 cleanup workers?
The days and months after the September 11, 2001 attacks were a time of true horror; a time when many worked or volunteered to aid in the Ground Zero cleanup and recovery of the Ground Zero “Crash Site Area” which encompassed the streets and hundreds of buildings throughout Lower Manhattan.
These cleanup and recovery workers still suffer from having breathed the toxic fumes, a high volume of asbestos exposure, and other 9/11 dust that covered New York City buildings and streets.
How Can 9/11 Cleanup Workers Can Get Benefits for Their Health Problems?
9/11 cleanup workers conducted rescue, recovery, demolition, and debris removal operations at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville.
In New York, they included:
- On and off-duty first responders from the NYPD, FDNY, and other public agencies.
- Members of numerous New York City labor union chapters who performed tasks as varied as debris removal, road clearing, and demolition of large structural elements of the collapsed towers.
- Structural engineers who supported the building foundations of the collapsed towers to keep them from becoming flooded by the Hudson River.
- Crews who built roads to make hauling the debris away from the site easier.
- Volunteers from agencies and organizations from all over the United States.
At the Pentagon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cleanup crews included first responders, federal employees, members of the Armed Forces, and contractors. Cleanup at Shanksville was more limited and consisted largely of first responders and volunteers.
The cleanup and recovery efforts at Ground Zero were the most extensive of the three, lasting nearly a year even with crews working round-the-clock. While many of the first responders and contractors were given limited personal protective equipment to use when around the toxic dust and debris, the grueling nature of the effort led to many taking this gear off. Volunteers who worked at the site were not even afforded PPE, and many protected their noses, throats, and lungs with only a bandana tied around their faces.
Almost immediately, chronic runny noses and coughing began to appear throughout the 9/11 community—particularly among those “working the pile” at Ground Zero. Within a matter of years, the “World Trade Center cough” that plagued many of these workers through the months of cleanup had given way to other medical issues, including the later appearance of cancers and conditions involving permanent damage to the lungs and digestive system.