Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common 9/11-related cancer treated at the WTCHP Clinical Centers of Excellence. The WTC attorneys at Turley Hansen have represented numerous clients with non-melanoma skin cancer before the WTC Victim Compensation Fund. Should you have questions about medical care or an award for Non-melanoma skin cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.… Continue Reading
Let's be clear! At this point no 9/11 lawyer can tell you with any certainty that you have a good case against Saudi Arabia under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which was passed by Congress last week. No lawyer- no law firm - period! End of story.… Continue Reading
Peripheral Neuropathy Affecting 9/11 Survivors A new study published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concludes the exposure to World Trade Center (WTC) dust after 9/11 is associated with “neuropathic symptoms”. The new research, conducted by Marc Wilkenfeld, MD and associates from Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, New … Continue Reading
So many people were involved in this amazing grass-roots effort to help hero 9/11 first responders that it is impossible to single out only a few. And even if one could single out the most important players in getting the Zadroga Act through Congress, they are the types that would prefer to remain anonymous, humble carriers of this great cause.… Continue Reading
Our new House Speaker Paul Ryan has the power persuade his House leadership to do the right thing on the 9/11 Zadroga Act extension. The rank and file are already on board. He must reject newly introduced anti-majoritarian bills on this moral issue.… Continue Reading
"So here he [the Pope] comes now to Ground Zero and I'm sure he will once again strongly, strongly condemn those who somehow feel it is their mission, it is somehow part of their perverse ideology to destroy us."… Continue Reading
Many of us are now fighting to have Congress Extend the James Zadroga Act of 2010 which provides these benefits. While we all remember 9/11 and mourn the loss of loved ones in our own way, we at Turley Hansen & Partners ask that, no matter where you live, that you click on this link to ask your Congressman to support future health benefits for the hero first responders of 9/11. It will only take a minute, but it may save a 9/11 hero's life.… Continue Reading
For those diagnosed with prostate cancer after October 21, 2013, you must register within two (2) years of the date of diagnosis, but no later than October 3, 2016. If you have questions or concerns about prostate cancer and your eligibility for benefits under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please contact us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO. you can also use our Chat or Contact forms on this site.… Continue Reading
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood beside first responders, as well as elected officials and physicians, on Staten Island, in order to call attention to the importance of renewing the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.… Continue Reading
The 9/11 VCF attorneys at Turley Hansen & Partners ask that all those affected by 9/11 across the country to support the effort to Extend the 9/11 James Zadroga Act so that all future 9/11 related cancer victims can obtain medical care and be fully compensated for their economic loss.
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In a recent CBS interview, retired NYPD officer David Hawley spoke about the fate of cancer-stricken 9/11 first responders if the bill isn't extended. He has had his own battle with a rare throat cancer that was a direct result of being exposed to Ground Zero toxins and debris. Hawley told CBS, "People are going to die, the men and women that are sick that are being taken care of now. I've only been cancer-free a little over a year." He adds, "To end this program, people are going to die." I think Officer Hawley says it simply but powerfully. Congress MUST listen!… Continue Reading
After having several catscans and visiting a number of doctors, he was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. It was the doctors at the World Trade Center Health Program that assured him that he would receive the care that he needed. Through minimally invasive robotic surgery, Rachko's tumor was removed, as well as part of his left kidney. Thanks to the WTC Health Program and his surgeon, Ketan Badani, a new technique was used during his operation, which prevented damage to the healthy parts of his kidney.… Continue Reading
Stelmok passed away on December 29, 2014, losing his five-year battle with cancer, an unfortuanete common deadly ailment that has plagued many first responders who were exposed to the toxins and debris that permeated the air. Cancer truly was his greatest challenge, having been diagnosed, battling and winning colon cancer, liver cancer and brain cancer. A little more than a year ago, Stelmok was diagnosed with lung cancer for the second time. It was determined by doctors that the contaminants at Ground Zero were the cause of all his cancer diagnoses. Even during his battle with cancer over the years, he still remained heroically on the force until 2013.… Continue Reading
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 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. 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.… Continue Reading
The untimely death of these firefighters have given lawmakers even more of a reason to extend the 9/11 Bill. The Zadroga Bill is expected to expire in 2016 which will leave many first responders, area workers and survivors with 9/11 related cancers and other illnesses without free medical care. Both the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program are funded under the Zadroga Bill. If you have been diagnosed with a 9/11 related cancer before October 12, 2012, the deadline to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is October 12, 2014.… Continue Reading
Today, many 9/11 first responders, survivors and area workers have been suffering with breathing complications such as chronic sinusitis, COPD and other pulmonary diseases. The most alarming are the increasing cancer cases coming out in staggering numbers among those exposed. When the ruling was passed in October, 2012 to include cancer as a 9/11 covered condition under the Zadrogra Act. There are now 62 different types of cancers that are recognized as a 9/11 related condition.… Continue Reading
It will soon be too late for many cancer sufferers to register for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Individuals diagnosed with 9/11-related eligible cancers (other than prostate or "rare cancers") on or before October 12, 2012 must register no later than October 12, 2014 to preserve their right to file for a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund award. This deadline also applies to claims filed on behalf of deceased cancer victims.
As this deadline approaches, the media is taking notice of the skyrocketing number of 9/11-related cancer victims. The New York Post reported that over 2,500 responders, workers, downtown residents, and visitors have developed cancer since their exposure to the hellish cocktail of dense smoke, noxious gases, dust, and debris that plagued downtown Manhattan in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
In a press statement released last week, the World Trade Center Health Data Center confirmed 1,646 certified cancer cases documented from 2002 to present. The FDNY maintains a separate database and counts 863 firefighters and EMS personnel with cancer. When tallied together, the total number of 9/11 certified cancer cases for first responders, volunteers and "crash site" residents' rises to 2,509. As of June 30, the VCF has received 1,145 cancer compensation claims from both first responders and non-responders. It is expected that many more cancer victims will come forward between now and the upcoming October deadline.… Continue Reading
The research was funded by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and the CDC (The Center for Disease Control and Prevention). The study of 800 participants was conducted from January 2011 through September 2013. The dynamics of the study included how long each participant was exposed to 9/11 particulate matter and how close in proximity they were to Ground Zero. The study also showed evidence that inhaling these toxic particles also increased risk of PTSD. Those responders in the study who had PTSD also had biological characteristics that point to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It was found that those WTC responders with PTSD had substantially higher levels of hsCRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein), a key indicator of increased cardiovascular disease risk.… Continue Reading
The decision to amend the list of cancers under the World Trade Center Health Program makes it evident that there is a clear link from 9/11 toxin and debris exposure to over 60 types of cancer. With the addition of these four cancers, many first responders, volunteers and survivors will be able to get the free cancer care they deserve under the World Trade Center Health Program. It is expected that Special Master Sheila Birnbaum of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will follow suit to allow these cancers to be covered for monetary compensation as she has done previously with all other cancers deemed 9/11 related by the World Trade Center Health Program and NIOSH.… Continue Reading
The WTCHP works diligently to ensure that their patients are getting the best care and treatment for cancer conditions as well as any other 9/11 related illnesses. Many emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers as well as volunteers have become ill with cancer and other diseases since the September 11th attacks. Many continue to join the WTCHP each day and are now receiving the free health care and treatment that they deserve. The World Trade Center Health Program medical card simplifies the process of getting care for your 9/11 related cancer. With prior authorization from the World Trade Center Health Program, all you need to do is just present your card to the treating doctor that was approved by the WTCHP.… Continue Reading
Those who participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002, are now eligible to preserve their right to file future workers' compensation claims and ¾ disability pensions should they become sick with a qualifying 9/11 related condition. Claimants must submit a WTC-12 Registration of Participation form no later than the deadline date of September 11, 2014.… Continue Reading
If kidneys are not functioning properly then albumin can leak into the urine and can cause what's known as albuminuria. Persistent albuminuria may indicate the onset of kidney disease. The World Trade Center Health Program is still collecting information and data about First Responders and the relationship between Ground Zero exposure time and kidney damage. It is too early to understand the long term effects.… Continue Reading
There are over 1,000 Claimants waiting for their cancer claims to be reviewed and deemed eligible for an award by the VCF. Once an award decision has been made by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Claimants will initially receive 10% of their award and the rest is expected to be paid out in 2016.
Overall, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has been allotted $2.775 billion for Claimants' compensation of their cancer and other 9/11 related illnesses. According to VCF program statistics that were published on September 16th, there have been 78 claims that have been rendered compensation decisions for 9/11 related illnesses and over 2,000 under review.… Continue Reading
If you have a 9/11 related cancer and you were diagnosed before October 12, 2012 you have until October 12, 2014 to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Should the 9/11 Victim Compensation add any other illnesses as a covered condition, you will have 2 years from the date the illness was added, but no later than October 3, 2016, which is when the VCF officially closes. For example, prostate cancer will officially be added as a covered illness under the Zadroga Act as of October 21, 2013. Anyone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer must register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund no later than October 21, 2015.… Continue Reading