Victims are still being newly diagnosed with devastating illnesses
Nearly two decades after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that claimed thousands of lives in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., victims are still being newly diagnosed with devastating illnesses, such as various types of cancer. It takes several years for some cancers and diseases to develop after an individual is exposed to a hazardous substance, such as the ones that lingered in the air for weeks after the World Trade Center collapsed. Therefore, in December of 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. Individuals who meet certain criteria now have until December 18, 2020 to file a claim to seek compensation for their illnesses.
Individuals who want to pursue a claim must show that they worked, attended school, lived, or otherwise spent time in the New York City Exposure Zone from the time of the attacks until May 30, 2002. The New York City map of exposure generally encompasses the area south of Canal Street from the Hudson River to Clinton Street. Others who assisted in recovery efforts in other regions may also be eligible.
Claimants must also submit documentation that they have been diagnosed with an illness that is covered by the fund. A variety of cancers and other serious illnesses are compensable under the program.
If you have been diagnosed with diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be eligible for coverage.
Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in America. Roughly one-third of all lymphomas in the United States are of this type. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma begins as a mass that grows quickly in a lymph node. However, it may also begin growing in the brain, bones, spinal cord, or the intestines.
Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma grows quickly and aggressively, but in general, it is very treatable. The majority—around 75 percent—of patients exhibits no signs of this type of lymphoma after they finish their treatment.
What do I need to do if I was diagnosed with diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
If you have been diagnosed with diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma and you believe your exposure to toxic chemicals after the September 11 terror attacks may be to blame, you should consult with an experienced 9/11 injury attorney as soon as possible to talk about your legal options. The deadline to file a claim is December 18, 2020 to recover financial losses associated with your illness. Though it may seem like lots of time, it often takes many weeks for all of the necessary documentation to be gathered, organized, and submitted to fund officials.
Be prepared to discuss a timeline of your health with your attorney. When were you diagnosed? How were you exposed to the toxic chemicals that were released in the attacks? Did you miss time from work? How has your family been affected? Your lawyer will use this timeline to support your claim and ensure that you obtain the maximum amount of money available under the program.
Damages available in these claims include medical expenses, lost wages, future healthcare expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and a variety of other costs. To ensure you obtain the money you deserve, make an appointment with an attorney as soon as possible.
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