Breast Cancer is Compensable Under the James Zadroga, 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Parker Waichman LLP is reporting that breast cancer is a compensable disease under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This means first responders, survivors, and volunteers who developed breast cancer connected with the 9/11 attacks could be able to file a claim to obtain financial compensation. Parker Waichman LLP is an award-winning law firm that helps claimants file for benefits under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is a federal law that provides health monitoring and support to first responders, survivors, and volunteers who experienced or could experience health complications associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The federal law is named after James Zadroga, who was a New York Police Department officer who tragically passed away due to toxic material exposures at the World Trade Center following the attacks. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011. The bill was reauthorized by President Donald Trump in 2015 and extends the coverage through the year 2090.
While the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act did not initially cover cancer as a medical condition, the legislation created certain provisions and mechanisms in the law that allowed for a review and consideration of cancer and other emerging injuries and illnesses for inclusion on the list of covered conditions.
These illnesses are connected to toxic substances contained in clouds of dust and debris following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. It is estimated that one million people were covered by the toxic dust cloud in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The World Trade Center building number 7 also collapsed, causing another plume of carcinogenic materials to cover portions of New York City. The plumes contained asbestos, glass, concrete, fiberglass, and other debris and created a massive health crisis.
Medical experts believe that 60 types of cancer and 30 other debilitating diseases can be linked to the fallout from the collapsing buildings and recovery work at and around Ground Zero in New York City. Tragically, the number of deaths connected to this toxic dust continues to rise today. It is estimated that thousands of people have passed away due to illnesses related to toxic dust exposure.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or illness as a result of 9/11, you are likely entitled to financial compensation.
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