Our law firm was happy to learn of the inclusion of cancer coverage and compensation for 9/11 first responders and some of the local residents who were exposed to the toxins after the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11th. There are many firefighters and rescue volunteers who were instrumental to the recovery process for victims who have subsequently seen their health deteriorate.
Many responders and volunteers have developed chronic respiratory conditions and others have also developed cancer. Until the change to the rules this week, workers could not file claims for a cancer diagnosis. However, it is worth it to note that while 50 different kinds of cancer under 14 broad cancer categories are now on the fund’s list of eligible conditions, the fund will only cover claimants for five years and not the 30 year time span that was initially proposed.
There are many cancers including mesothelioma which do not present themselves for many years – even decades – after exposure to toxins like asbestos. While the news is encouraging for responders who have developed cancer, certain cancers still may not be qualified for coverage even in the 5 year time line.
For responders who are now too sick to work and lack the health insurance coverage necessary for proper treatment, free cancer treatments will be available through the fund provided their cancer type is on the list. A list of covered cancers can be found through the Office of the Federal Register.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer as a first-responder or a volunteer at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks, you should have your medical diagnosis reviewed by our qualified legal team for guidance in filing a claim for compensation. You can reach our team toll free at 888-799-3918 or by using our online contact form.