With a recent restart of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, congress has set aside an additional $2.8 billion dollars in funding to compensate and treat the various medical conditions surrounding the terrorist attacks that occurred at the Twin Towers site in New York City on September 11, 2001.
For applicants that never got to take part in the original fund established by Congress that provided $6 billion in funds, this is the second opportunity to complete an application. The funding application process is open to all workers, residents, surviving victims, and rescuers on the scene who have subsequently been diagnosed with medical conditions after being exposed to toxins at Ground Zero.
This time around, applicants who were previously denied eligibility or who missed application deadlines now have the opportunity to seek compensation and funds to cover ongoing medical treatment.
Many of the residents and workers at Ground Zero in the months after the attacks are now being diagnosed with a variety of medical conditions and diseases, especially respiratory issues. World Trade Center dust clouds are believed to be responsible for workers developing asthma, sinus conditions, lung cancer, heart disease and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Because of the intensity and large-scale reach of the dust clouds stemming from the collapse of the towers, many residents of NYC were exposed to the harmful toxins that are believed to have led to the serious medical health problems and linked to the deaths of those associated with the September 11th rescue efforts.
The special master of the fund will be releasing more details on when the applications will start being accepted. In the meantime, those who were injured or have been diagnosed with WTC-related illnesses can get the necessary information from the fund’s website to prepare for the filing of the application.