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Illnesses, injuries & lawsuits stemming from 9-11

The tragic losses of September 11, 2001 had a profound impact on all of us.  However some—the people who lived and worked near Ground Zero, the brave and heroic first responders, and the tireless cleanup crews—continue to feel the reverberations of that tragic event.

Many people, particularly firefighters, have since developed various illnesses as a result of the toxic conditions around the World Trade Center after the 9-11 attack.  Illnesses include:

  • Breathing and Digestive Orders:
    • Asthma
    • Chronic laryngitis
    • Chronic respiratory disorder
    • Chronic cough syndrome
    • Upper airway hyper reactivity
    • Chronic sinusitis
    • Reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
    • Exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Chronic nasopharyngitis
    • Sleep apnea
    • Interstitial lung diseases
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
    • Other upper digestive tract disorders

Illnesses related to 9-11 are still being uncovered.  For example, an April 2010 New York Fire Department study followed 5000 rescue workers.  It found that all of them showed impaired lung function.  If you are pursuing a 9-11 lawsuit, the New York City injury lawyers of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson have the experience and record of success to help you.

Legal action to protect rescue workers and others

In an attempt to ensure that those who suffered serious injury and the families of those who died received some compensation quickly, the first Victims Compensation Fund was established in the weeks following 9-11.  Settlement of all outstanding legal claims relating to 9-11 was required to participate.  The program closed in December 2003, before many workers affected by the toxic dust at the WTC site developed symptoms or assembled the necessary documentation.

Recognizing that people at or near the former World Trade Center site were at significant risk for various illnesses, and that many of these people lacked health insurance, President Obama signed the Zadroga Act into law on January 2, 2011.  The Act sets aside health care funds for people with a 9-11 illness, and reopens the Victims Compensation Fund to a much broader pool of claimants who can document that they were in the vicinity of the 9-11 aftermath at any time through May 30, 2002.

Work with skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyers to get compensation for 9-11-related illness and injury

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, Attorneys at Law, have already represented more than 1,000 Victims Compensation Fund award recipients, including many firefighters and other rescue workers.  Those involved in individual or class action lawsuits may be eligible to participate in The Zadroga Act.

If you or a loved one suffers from an illness related to the attacks of September 11th, please contact us to arrange a no-charge initial consultation about your case.  Call us at 888.746.8212 (toll-free), contact us online, or visit our conveniently located Manhattan offices to speak with an attorney who successfully has represented many people with 9-11 claims.


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