Zadroga 9/11 Act Lawyer Troy Rosasco Quoted in Long Island Newsday on New Cancer Rule
Congratulations to Ridgley Ochs, Newsday's Health reporter, for her excellent article profiling 9/11 cancer victims and discussing the inclusion of over 50 cancers as covered conditions under the Zadtoga Act, including the World Trade Center Health program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Our client, Joe Vuoso, a court officer in lower Manhattan on 9/11, was profiled in the article:
For Joseph Vuoso, 68, of Mount Sinai, the ruling means he will be able to worry less about money and more about keeping himself alive. A court security officer at the Foley Square courthouse in 2011, Vuoso watched the towers fall and stayed at his post the rest of that week. The next year he was diagnosed with leukemia that has since become an aggressive lymphoma.
"We have heavy medical bills," he said. "I'm on seven different drugs and the co-pays are astronomical . . . I'm fighting to keep me here right now."
His attorney, Troy Rosasco of Ronkonkoma, who represents about 500 first responders, called having cancer covered "a godsend." But he, like others, said he is worried there won't be enough money.
"It sounds like a lot, but when you start calculating people with cancer who are now out of their careers, their lost wage claims can add up to millions," he said.
The cancers covered by the new Zadroga 9/11 Act rule include:
1) Malignant neoplasms of the lip, tongue, salivary
gland, floor of mouth, gum and other mouth, tonsil,
oropharynx, hypopharynx, and other oral cavity and
2) Malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx
3) Malignant neoplasms of the nose, nasal cavity,
middle ear, and accessory sinuses
4) Malignant neoplasm of the larynx
5) Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus
6) Malignant neoplasm of the stomach
7) Malignant neoplasm of the colon and rectum
8) Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic
9) Malignant neoplasms of the retroperitoneum and
peritoneum, omentum, and mesentery
10) Malignant neoplasms of the trachea; bronchus and
lung; heart, mediastinum and pleura; and other ldefined
sites in the respiratory system and
12) Malignant neoplasms of the soft tissues (sarcomas)
13) Malignant neoplasms of the skin (melanoma and nonmelanoma),
including scrotal cancer
14) Malignant neoplasm of the breast
15) Malignant neoplasm of the ovary
16) Malignant neoplasm of the urinary bladder
17) Malignant neoplasm of the kidney
18) Malignant neoplasms of renal pelvis, ureter and
other urinary organs
19) Malignant neoplasms of the eye and orbit
20) Malignant neoplasm of the thyroid
21) Malignant neoplasms of the blood and lymphoid
tissues (including, but not limited to, lymphoma,
leukemia, and myeloma)
22) Childhood cancers