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Zadroga Act Extended, 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Re-Activated

Eisbrouch Marsh are compassionate, experienced lawyers who advocate on behalf of those suffering from chronic health problems after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Thanks to legislation passed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, the many heroes and rescue workers of September 11 can secure medical treatment for serious health issues and injuries caused by exposure to toxic dust in the lower Manhattan area following the WTC collapse.

Zadroga Act

Last year, Congress voted to extend The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act until 2090, which will provide health and treatment coverage for another 75 years to those who have been diagnosed with Ground Zero-related ailments. In addition, the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act re-activated the federal Victim Compensation Fund for another five years; the fund is currently open for new claimant registration.

The World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund was re-authorized by Congress in 2015 in direct response to the vast numbers of first responders, volunteer clean-up workers and local residents who began suffering from severe respiratory illnesses, lung disease and life-threatening cancers after exposure to toxic, carcinogenic dust that permeated the attack site.

Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys offer free consultations for prospective VCF claimants, and do not collect any fees until clients secure a settlement from the Victim Compensation Fund.

What is the World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund?

The 9/11 terrorist attacks claimed the lives of not only those who perished in the Twin Towers, it also affected thousands of dedicated heroes who searched for survivors and helped rebuild Ground Zero in the months following the tragedy. School children, office workers and local Manhattan residents who continued to work and live in dangerous environments laden with toxic dust from the collapsed towers were also exposed to health risks. After the September 11 attacks, many of these people have developed chronic, debilitating illnesses, including several types of cancer.

Other 9/11-related illnesses include:

  • interstitial lung disease
  • obstructive airway diseases
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
  • asthma
  • chronic sinusitis
  • chronic rhinitis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • asbestosis
  • acid reflux disease

The Victim Compensation Fund provides economic relief to individuals who suffered physical injury or chronic illness resulting from the WTC attacks; it also provides compensation for those who died as a result of the terrorist attacks.

Recently augmented by $4.5 billion dollars, the Zadroga Fund is designed to fairly compensate those affected by the September 11 tragedy. This additional funding will help victims of Ground Zero toxic exposure who have developed chronic respiratory illnesses as well as individuals with newly diagnosed cancers.

The reauthorized Victim Compensation Fund is available for:

  • Individuals who worked or lived under Canal Street from September 11, 2001 through July 2002 who developed any type of cancer or respiratory illness
  • 9/11 rescue workers, Canal St. residents, first responders and clean-up personnel who have been diagnosed with any new type of cancer from 2014-2020

Types of cancer covered by the WTC Victim Compensation Fund

The reauthorization of the World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund broadened its scope to include more than 70 types of cancers related to September 11 toxic exposure.

These include childhood cancers diagnosed in people under 20, as well as:

  • Follicular (nodular) non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Malignant immunoproliferative diseases
  • Leukemia of unspecified cell type
  • Lymphoid leukemia
  • Monocytic leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Peripheral and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Cancers of the digestive system, including: stomach, rectum, colon, esophagus, Rectosignoid junction, Retroperitoneum and peritoneum, liver and bile ducts
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Cancers of the urinary tract, including: prostate, kidney bladder, ureter and renal pelvis
  • Skin cancer (both Melanoma and non-Melanoma)
  • Female breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Eye cancer
  • Cancer of the head and neck
  • Respiratory system cancers including lung cancer, tracheal cancer,  and cancer of the mediastinum and pleura
  • Connective and soft tissue cancers
  • Cancers that are deemed “rare” by the CDC and WTC Health Program regulations, such as malignant neoplasms of the pancreas, thymus, adrenal gland and spinal cord

How to File a Zadroga claim

Eisbrouch Marsh attorneys are available to answer questions and facilitate the process of obtaining WTC Victim Fund compensation. Those who attempt to file a Victim Compensation Fund claim without the benefit of legal representation are often stymied by requests for endless documentation. An experienced lawyer is in the best position to ensure you receive maximum compensation under the Zadroga Act, and can keep you informed on the status of your claim. Rest assured, there are no upfront legal costs until we recover compensation on your behalf. If you have questions about your eligibility for VCF relief, we encourage you to reach out for a complimentary consultation.

Talk to an attorney about the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

For expert legal guidance in submitting a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim, contact the law firm of Eisbrouch Marsh. If you were injured or were recently diagnosed with cancer or respiratory illness after the World Trade Center attacks, call 201-591-1624 to speak with a member of our firm. Known for our honesty, compassion and steadfast work ethic, our attorneys remain committed to obtaining the compensation your family needs and deserves.

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