The registration deadline for responders and survivors who have been diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer is fast approaching. The October 12, 2014 deadline is only days away. Anyone who was diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 must register as soon as possible. By registering with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, you are preserving your right to file a future claim. The 9/11 VCF provides a full list of deadline dates pertaining to 9/11 cancers and other illnesses.
Over 2,500 rescue and recovery workers have been diagnosed with cancer due to the exposure from World Trade Center toxins and debris and the number continues to rise. Even if you have not been diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer or any other 9/11 related illness, it is important to register with the VCF. It is also important to enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program. The World Trade Center Health Program provides free monitoring and health care to rescue and recovery workers as well as survivors who were exposed to the toxic dust from Ground Zero.
After an examination of your symptoms, the World Trade Center Health Program will determine whether or not your cancer or any other illnesses you have are 9/11 related. If they make such a determination, then your illnesses will be certified as such. Certification is an eligibility requirement by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Both the 9/11 VCF and the World Trade Center Health Program are funded under the Zadroga Act.
The WTCHP is expected to close in 2016 which will leave many with 9/11 related illnesses without free care. With the rising number of 9/11 cancer cases, many advocates and other government officials have been pushing for the extension of the Zadroga Bill to continue through 2041.
Should you have any questions about 9/11 cancers and whether you are eligible to apply to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.
Angela Luongo, a Paralegal with Turley, Hansen & Partners contributed to the writing of this post.