World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation Settlement Offers Payment to 9/11 Workers
Concern for the 9/11 first responders’ health arose almost immediately after the 2001 terrorist attacks when the air quality in the Manhattan area was measurably harmful. Close to 400 tons of asbestos and other toxic substances such as mercury and lead were released into the air when the buildings collapsed. Researchers have found that the massive exposure to dust at Ground Zero, and repeated exposure to lesser amounts over the subsequent recovery operations, led to significant declines in respiratory function in the year following 9/11 among both firefighters and EMS workers who had no history of smoking.
Many experts worry that the workers’ reduced lung function will increase their potential for developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases in the coming years. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and is proven to cause mesothelioma, a serious cancer resulting from breathing in the asbestos fibers that then become lodged in the thin membrane that lines and encases the lungs. The cancer has a long latency period, and symptoms may not appear until up to 50 years or more after initial exposure to asbestos.
Treatment for mesothelioma and respiratory diseases are complicated, often involving many tests, treatments, doctor visits and even surgery. Many patients struggle to cover their mounting medical costs, but continue with treatment in hopes that they will recover or get relief from their symptoms.
In 2010, a settlement of some of the World Trade Center cases was reached making way for first responders to receive money allocated for the workers.
Recently Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. That act offers $4.3 billion to establish a monitoring and treatment program, including mental health services, for first responders and New Yorkers exposed to the toxic dust from the terrorist attacks. It also established a new claim fund that anyone with a 9/11-related disease or injury may utilize.
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If you were exposed to the toxic dust from the World Trade Center, you may be eligible to file claims with the 9/11 claim fund.
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