According to the federal government, 3,700 9/11 first responders and victims have 9/11-related cancer. Many cancers are more likely among Ground Zero responders, including thyroid, prostate, and blood cancers, and many 9/11 first responders have multiple cancers or conditions.
The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has been hit particularly hard. Over 1,000 FDNY responders have been certified by the feds as having at least one 9/11-related cancer, including FDNY Deputy Chief Thomas Reilly. Over 2,000 firefighters and EMS personnel have retired due to 9/11-related conditions, including cancer, and 109 FDNY responders have died from World Trade Center-related cancers and illnesses.
Many Resources Available to 9/11 First Responders
The federal government has made a number of health care resources available to 9/11 first responders with 9/11-related illnesses. The World Trade Center Health Program provides health care directly to 9/11 first responders. Additionally, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund helps compensate responders for their medical expenses and pain and suffering incurred as a result of their service at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
However, 9/11 first responders are not the only people eligible for compensation and health care. People who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 are eligible for health evaluations from the WTC Health Program and compensation from the Victims Compensation Fund.
If you are a 9/11 first responder or 9/11 victim and think you have a Victims Compensation Fund claim, contact the attorneys at Borri Law Offices. Click here for a free case consultation or call us today at 888-444-2336.
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