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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.
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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.
Anthony 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.
Rob 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.
Firefighters who worked at Ground Zero are 19 percent more likely to have cancer than their colleagues who did not work at the site, according to newly published research that could pave the way for government payments to those suffering from some types of cancer, Read More.
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Harold Schapelhouman, former captain and task force leader for California Search & Rescue is one of the thousands of 9/11 first reposnders that has shown signs of debilitating illnesses from breathing the dust at Ground Zero. Seventy percent of his team has gotten sick from their time at Ground Zero.
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Matt McCauley, an attorney with Parker Waichman LLP representing 9/11 victims, shared his reaction to news of the study that found no link between the toxins at ground zero and cancer, thus keeping 9/11 survivors with cancer from receiving the benefits of the Zadroga Bill.
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Parker 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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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 September 11 World Trade Center terror attacks until at least 2012.
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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...
James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act World Trade Center Ground Zero Hero Claim Lawsuits
Are you one of the thousands of World Trade Center Responders sickened by toxic dust at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks? If so, help is available to you. On December 22, 2010, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was finally passed by the US Congress. This bill will provide healthcare to the heroes who sacrificed so much in the wake of the World Trade Center terror attacks.
Ground Zero responders may begin making claims under the Zadroga act in July 2011. Our firm is already assisting many sickened responders pursue their compensation claims, and our Zadroga act lawyers are available right now to help others who will benefit from this law. For a free evaluation of your claim, and to make sure your rights under this new law are protected, please contact one of our Zadroga act lawyers today.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is named after a deceased New York Police Department detective who had worked at Ground Zero. In the years following the attacks, many responders have developed cancers, respiratory ailments and other illnesses due to their exposure to the toxic dust that enveloped Ground Zero. At this time, there are nearly 60,000 people enrolled in health-monitoring and treatment programs related to the 9/11 attack. Tragically, some responders have died as a result of their illnesses.
The Zadroga bill was years in the making, and passed following months of intense negotiation. To ensure its passage, the scope of the final bill was significantly scaled back. Originally, the Zadroga bill called for a 10-year, $7.4 billion treatment and compensation package, while the approved version calls for a 5-year, $4.3 billion package.
The Zadroga act calls for providing $1.8 billion over the next five years to monitor and treat injuries stemming from exposure to toxic dust and debris at Ground Zero. The Zadroga act also sets aside $2.5 billion to reopen the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for five years to provide payment for job and economic losses. Lawyer’s fees are capped at 10 percent.
Important Information Concerning the October 12, 2014 VCF Registration Deadline
The October 12, 2014 deadline is fast approaching for the 9/11 first responders and others who were exposed to the toxic dust cloud following the terrorist attacks in Manhattan and who have been diagnosed with certain cancers and other conditions to submit a Registration Form to the Victims Cancer Fund (VCF).
This important deadline is applicable to all those individuals who have not already registered or filed a VCR claim and who have been diagnosed with a 9/11-related eligible cancer no later than October 12, 2012. Prostate Cancer is excluded from this deadline. The list of eligible conditions may be found at VCF.com
Those individuals seeking to make a claim and who have been diagnosed with an eligible, non-prostate, cancer or other eligible condition on or before October 12, 2012 and who have not registered must do so on or before October 12, 2014. Being registered protects your right to file a future claim prior to the end of the VCF, which is scheduled for October 3, 2016).
Registration is not the same as filing a claim. In fact, you do not have to file a claim if you have registered; however, in order to file a claim, you must be diagnosed with an eligible condition and must have filed a claim, both within mandated timeframes.
Prostate cancer was added to the list of covered 9/11 cancers as of October 21, 2013. This means that those who were diagnosed with 9/11-related prostate cancer prior to October 21, 2013 have until October 21, 2015. People diagnosed with a so-called “rare cancer” have until February 18, 2016. A Zadroga Act defined rare cancer now includes two new cancers—malignant neoplasm of the cervix uteri (invasive cervical cancer) and malignant neoplasm of the testis (testicular cancer). People diagnosed with a rare cancer on or prior to February 18, 2014 must register by February 18, 2016. People diagnosed with a recognized cancer after the relevant cut-off date have up to two years from the date of illness, but no later than October 3, 2016 to register.
It is the registration of those cancers that will end this October 12th that is of particular concern to the VCF.
Four cancers were included in the list of cancers covered by the Zadroga 9/11 law earlier this year. Legal documents dated January 8, 2014 indicate that a number of provisions were made to the Zadroga Act, also another policy has recently been reversed that had considered cancers of the brain and pancreas ineligible. So-called “childhood cancers” were also revised to include any type of cancer diagnosed in a person younger than the age of 20 years.
Legal Assistance for Zadroga Act Claimants
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.