The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF or WTC Fund) pays compensation to individuals diagnosed with 9/11 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The VCF can award a 9/11 cancer victim up to $250,000 for pain, suffering and loss of life enjoyment. If the lymphoma disables a victim, he or she may be entitled to additional compensation for lost wages. Additionally, the World Trade Center Health Program provides free medical treatment to 9/11 cancer victims.
WTC Dust and Smoke Linked with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Within hours of the terrorist aerial strikes on the World Trade Center Twin Towers, the Twin Towers collapsed, resulting in enormous clouds of dust and smoke that engulfed much of Lower Manhattan. Smoke from the burning debris at Ground Zero contaminated the air for months and it took a long time to clean the dust from the buildings and streets. Thus, thousands of responders, lower Manhattan office workers and lower Manhattan residents were exposed to cancer-causing dust, debris and fumes.
Samples of dust from the World Trade Center site were tested by NIOSH and found to contain high concentrations of benzene and other human carcinogens that place people at high risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In fact, in a NIOSH study called the Zeig-Owen study, researchers found that there was a much higher incidence rate of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among firefighters who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks than they had expected.
Lymphoma is one of the Top Five certified cancers by the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). As of December 31, 2016, 291 9/11 responders and 81 non-responders are certified to receive treatment for lymphoma from the WTCHP.
One Victim’s Struggle With Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Borri Law 9/11 lawyers have had the pleasure of working with a number of victims diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after their exposure to 9/11 dust and debris. One victim was a man who was a construction laborer, assigned to do clean up work within several feet of the World Trade Center disaster site. He worked long hours immediately nearby Ground Zero for several months, cleaning up filthy, dust-coated wreckage and debris.
Many years thereafter, he began feeling unusually fatigued and noticed substantial weight loss, which eventually led to numerous medical examinations and a biopsy exam that revealed he was suffering from non-Hodgkin t-cell lymphoma. His diagnosis initiated aggressive chemotherapy treatment for many months, which took a huge toll on his quality of life and ability to generate income for his family. Fortunately, with the help of Borri Law Offices 9/11 lawyers, he was able to receive an award of $250,000, the maximum possible award for pain and suffering induced by his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. While no monetary award could compensate for this victim’s struggles, he now has the satisfaction of knowing that his family is currently financially stable.
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