911 Malignant Immunoproliferative Disease Claims
Though it has been almost twenty years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, many Americans throughout the country are still feeling its effects. Many first responders, volunteers, and recovery workers have recently received diagnoses for cancers and other chronic illnesses. Those who worked, lived, and attended school in lower Manhattan are also being diagnosed with terminal illnesses related to the toxins that lingered in the air in the days and months following 9/11.
Following the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, those who assisted in treating survivors and recovering bodies from the rubble were exposed to toxic chemicals. Additionally, those who spent extended amounts of time in Manhattan breathed poisonous fumes and chemicals for months as the massive debris field at Ground Zero was cleaned up.
In 2015, President Barack Obama signed a bill that reauthorized the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, as well as the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Under these regulations, injured victims have until December 18, 2020, to file a claim seeking compensation for their 9/11-related injuries.
There are specific criteria that claimants must meet. For example, they must show that they worked or volunteered in recovery efforts at the sites, or that they were in the New York City exposure zone in the months following the accident. Those who worked attended school, volunteered, lived, or otherwise spent time in this area may be eligible for compensation.
The New York City exposure zone generally encompasses the area of Manhattan below Canal Street from the Hudson River to Clinton Street.
Claimants must also show that they have been diagnosed with an illness or condition that is covered by these funds. Malignant immunoproliferative diseases are eligible for compensation.
Malignant immunoproliferative diseases
Immunoproliferative diseases (also known as immunoproliferative disorders or immunoproliferative neoplasms) impact the immune system. With these diseases, immune cells multiply much more rapidly than normal. They may also cause an excessive rate of growth in antibodies.
Immunoproliferative disorders include three broad categories:
- Paraproteinemia, which involves high amounts of paraproteins in the bloodstream
- Hypergammaglobulinemia, which is diagnosed when excessive amounts of antibodies are detected in the blood
- Lymphoproliferative disorders, which cause high numbers of white blood cells
People with malignant immunoproliferative diseases may experience the following symptoms:
- Weight loss
- A mass in the abdominal area
- Pain in the abdomen
Malignant immunoproliferative diseases may be very aggressive and challenging to treat.
If a claimant is eligible for coverage under these funds, he or she may receive the following types of damages:
- Medical bills
- The cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Other types of compensation could also be available. To ensure you receive as much money as possible for your injury, you should consult with an experienced 9/11 injury attorney as soon as possible.
Though some claimants have pursued compensation without the assistance of an attorney, it is better to proceed with legal counsel. These attorneys are experienced in the 9/11 injury claims procedure and understand what types of compensation you may be entitled to and what kinds of paperwork must be provided to support these requests. Without the guidance of a qualified attorney, you may unknowingly forfeit money you are entitled to from these funds.
Therefore, if you have recently been diagnosed with a severe illness and you believe that your exposure to 9/11 wreckage may be responsible, contact an attorney today.
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