Zadroga Act WTC Claims
NIOSH Decision Will Make Many Cancers Eligible for Zadroga Act Coverage, including Prostate Cancer
On September 19, 2013, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that prostate cancer has been added to the list of diseases eligible for coverage under the Zadroga Act.
In September 2012, 50 different types of cancers became eligible for coverage under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act's 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, in a decision handed down from Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Ground Zero first responders stricken with the following cancers will be eligible for coverage under the Zadroga Act.
- Malignant neoplasms of the lip, tongue, salivary gland, floor of mouth, gum and other mouth, tonsil oropharynx, hypopharynx, and other oral cavity and pharynx
- Malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx
- Malignant neoplasms of the nose, nasal cavity,middle ear, and accessory sinuses
- Malignant neoplasm of the larynx
- Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus
- Malignant neoplasm of the stomach
- Malignant neoplasm of the colon and rectum
- Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct
- Malignant neoplasms of the retroperitoneum and peritoneum, omentum, and mesentery
- Malignant neoplasms of the trachea; bronchus and lung; heart, mediastinum and pleura; and other ill defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
- Malignant neoplasms of the soft tissues (sarcomas)
- Malignant neoplasms of the skin (melanoma and nonmelanoma), including scrotal cancer
- Malignant neoplasm of the breast
- Malignant neoplasm of the ovary
- Malignant neoplasm of the urinary bladder
- Malignant neoplasm of the kidney
- Malignant neoplasms of renal pelvis, ureter and other urinary organs
- Malignant neoplasms of the eye and orbit
- Malignant neoplasm of the thyroid
The Zadroga Act was passed by Congress in December 2010, after much political wrangling. The Act reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for five years to provide payment for job and economic losses for first responders, those trapped in the buildings, and local residents, who suffered illness or injuries related to the toxic dust. However, cancers were left off the list of covered illneses due to a purported lack of scientific evidence that the disease was linked to toxic dust exposure.
In the decision issued today, Howard said he was convinced to include cancer, in part, because of a study, published in the Lancet last summer, found a 19% increase in cancer risk overall in New York City firefighters who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also relied on the recommendation of the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee, which in March issued a recommendation that supported the incusion of cancer.
The cancers will be officially be added to the list of covered illnesses after a period of public comment lasting several months.
Zadroga Act WTC Ground Zero Hero Claim Lawsuits
One Law Firm Refusing To Represent 9/11 Rescue & Recovery Workers In Zadroga Act Claims
Apparently, one law firm is refusing to represent 9/11 rescue and recovery workers in Zadroga Act claims if they have already assisted these clients in obtaining compensation via the World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement. Our clients can be assured that Parker Waichman LLP will assist every Ground Zero first responder who wishes to file a claim for Zadroga Act compensation, even if we are legally barred from collecting a fee for those services.
Any first responder who worked at Ground Zero and later became ill is eligible to file for compensation under the Zadroga Act. This includes 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who also took part in the World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement. That settlement, which was finalized in 2010 by New York City, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a number of contractors involved in Ground Zero clean-up efforts, set aside more than $600 million for 9/11 first responders who suffered respiratory ailments and other health problems because of their exposure to toxic dust.
Law firms that represented World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement claimants were entitled to collect a 25 percent fee for those services. By law, attorneys are forbidden from further billing those clients for assistance with Zadrogra Act claims, though nothing in the Act prevents any law firm from representing 9/11 responders in both types of claims. These fee stipulations are apparently behind one large law firm's decision to turn away Zadroga Act clients if they have already represented those individuals in the toxic dust settlement.
According to the New York Post: " 'By preventing us to be paid for our overhead and services, it essentially precludes us from representing the interests of our litigation clients' in the new Victim Compensation Fund, says a letter from Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern."
The New York Post Report goes on to quote John Feal, an advocate for 9/11 responders: " 'This firm made over $200 million from the mass tort — you would think there would be a moral obligation to represent those sick and dying under Zadroga pro bono,' he said."
The attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are committed to ensuring that every hero of 9/11 receives all of the compensation they need and deserve. Parker Waichman LLP has vowed not to turn away any Ground Zero first responder who needs our help, regardless of the circumstances.
9/11 First Responder Speaks Out About Health Issues and Zadroga BillAnthony is a Retired NYPD Highway Patrol Officer and 9/11 First Responder who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Reactive Airway Disease (RAD) and other various illnesses because of his exposure to toxic dust.
9/11 First Responder, Cancer Survivor Speaks Out on Zadroga BillRob is a Retired NYPD Detective, WTC First Responder, Cancer Survivor, Husband, Father and Hero. Rob was diagnosed with cancer after working at the WTC recovery effort at the Staten Island landfill.
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Reopened on October 3, 2011
Under the 2010 Zadroga Act, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has been reopened for five years to provide payment for job and economic losses for those who suffered illness or injury working at Ground Zero. Parker Waichman LLP is working closely with Sheila Birnbaum, Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, to ensure that the claims filed on behalf of their clients are handled in an expeditious and fair manner.
The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which became law in December 2010, was named after deceased New York Police Department detective James Zadroga, who had worked at Ground Zero. Many of the individuals who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts following the attacks have since been diagnosed with various illnesses because of their exposure to toxic dust.
The Zadroga Act reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for five years to provide payment for job and economic losses for first responders, those trapped in the buildings, and local residents, who suffered illness or injuries related to the toxic dust.
If you or a loved one are among the Ground Zero heroes who will benefit from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, it is important that you retain legal counsel to protect your rights. To speak with an experienced Zadroga Act lawyer, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.
Robert the 9/11 Responder and the Zadroga Act: A Case Study - New York Attorney Matthew McCauleyAttorney Matthew McCauley of Parker Waichman recalls the case of Robert, a first responder in the World Trade Center tragedy who became ill and struggled with whether or not to move forward with litigation.
Mayor de Blasio and New York's Congressional Delegation discusses the illnesses caused by 9/11
Government Says Not Enough Evidence to Add Cancer to 9/11 Health ListParker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing 9/11 victims, fears excluding cancer victims from the Zadroga Act will leave many left out of the WTC Toxic Dust Settlement without adequate health care. The Zadroga Act was the last hope for many cancer-stricken Ground Zero first responders who lack adequate health insurance.
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Source - New York Post: "Cancer stricken WTC worker gets $0 settlement check" Continue Reading...
Source - New York Daily News: "For 9/11 responders with cancer, it's insult on top of illness: A patient reacts to Zadroga decision" Continue Reading...
Source - NewYork1: "September 11th first responders with cancer will still not receive health care benefits from the Zadroga health care bill, since a new medical study found insufficient links between toxins released at the World Trade Center site and documented cancer cases." Continue Reading...
Source - NY Times: "There is not enough evidence yet to say whether the dust and smoke cloud produced by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center caused cancer, federal officials concluded in a report released on Tuesday." Continue Reading...
Source - AP: "Ground zero residents and first responders sick with cancer will continue to be excluded from receiving help from the federal government program created to aid victims of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terror attacks until at least 2012." Continue Reading...
Source - NY Post: "A federal review says scientific evidence collected so far doesn't support adding cancer to a list of diseases linked to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The move leaves dozens of cancer-stricken first responders worried about their future care." Continue Reading...
Source - NY Daily News: "Cancer-stricken Ground Zero responders and nearby residents are being cut out of the new $2.8 billion Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation fund." Continue Reading...
Source - CBS News: "The federal government is now saying that cancer-striken Ground Zero responders will not benefit from the Zadroga Act." Continue Reading...
Source - NBC News: "The determination by Dr. John Howard at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health comes in its first review of cancer as a potential trade center-related health effect. Another review is planned for early next year." Continue Reading...