Thousands of new applicants have rushed to beat the deadline to be eligible for healthcare compensation under the 9/11 Victims Compensation Act.
According to a CBS News report this week, 11:59 p.m. on Thursday marks the final time when an application can be received; and, in the past few months, administrators of the fund applications have seen thousands more cases open.
The fund was established to provide healthcare and other compensations to victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. This includes people who responded to the Ground Zero site in the minutes and months following the attack.
Based on our reports, those people were exposed to a toxic and dangerous cloud of dust and smoke that likely increases their chances of developing serious and sometimes fatal diseases, including numerous forms of cancer.
There has been at least $2.7 billion approved to release to the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and is eligible to those who have developed illnesses or diseases that were likely gained while working at the Ground Zero site or during the terrorist attack in 2001. Police and firefighters, as well as construction crews and even those working or living in that area may be eligible for compensation under the act.