Who Is Eligible For Compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?

Who is Eligible?

  • First responders, rescue & recovery workers and clean-up workers
  • Office workers in Lower Manhattan
  • Residents living below Canal Street in Lower Manhattan
  • Students at schools below Canal Street in Lower Manhattan
  • People trapped in the dust clouds after the collapse of the towers

Downtown workers, residents, firefighters, police officers, emergency workers, students and thousands of other people who were present on 9/11 and in the following months were exposed to the toxic dust, smoke and fumes that emanated from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers and the burning pile of debris. Many of these people are eligible for compensation from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

To be eligible for compensation, an individual must:

  1. Prove they were present in the World Trade Center Exposure Zone below Canal Street in Lower Manhattan (see map here) or involved in the rescue and recovery effort;
  2. Establish exposure to the dust and smoke; and
  3. Prove they have a 9/11-related cancer or respiratory condition.

Borri Law Offices 9/11 Cancer Fund lawyers have extensive experience helping 9/11 victims prepare and submit the proofs required to obtain compensation awards from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Click here for more information on How Borri Law 9/11 Cancer Fund Lawyers Can Help You.

Rescue and Recovery Workers

Thousands of rescue and recovery workers, New York City employees, National Guardsmen, and out-of-state volunteers spent an enormous amount of time sifting through debris and wreckage, supporting the rescue efforts and cleanup, and securing the 9/11 disaster site. All these workers breathed copious amounts of toxins from the dust, debris, and smoke. Many workers wore masks but frequently had to remove their mask in order to breath and thus were exposed to these toxins at dangerous levels.

Studies have revealed that recovery and rescue workers have a greatly increased risk of being diagnosed with cancers and other 9/11 related medical conditions. Workers who risked their lives in the cleanup of the World Trade Center site after the attacks should receive compensation for their injuries, including pain, suffering and lost income.

Lower Manhattan Office and Other Workers

Lower Manhattan is one of the largest commercial districts in the United States. Thousands of people worked in or were visiting Lower Manhattan at the time of and in the months following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Many of these individuals breathed the dust from the enormous clouds created by the collapse of the WTC towers or the deadly fumes from the burning pile of debris at the 9/11 disaster site. Still others breathed dust and fumes when they returned to work in Lower Manhattan. These thousands of workers—office workers, security workers, lawyers, stock brokers, secretaries, maintenance men— were present on 9/11 and many of them returned to work soon after 9/11, when the exposure to toxins and carcinogens was most intense.

Such exposure can result in cancers and other serious illnesses entitling these workers to compensation and medical care. We represent office workers, stock brokers, insurance and finance executives, secretaries and many others who made their living or were in Lower Manhattan below Canal Street on 9/11 and in the months that followed. See How Borri Law 9/11 Cancer Fund Lawyers Can Help You.

Residents, Students, Even Tourists

Residents who lived below Canal Street, in areas such as Southbridge Towers, Battery Park City, the Financial District and TriBeCa, students who attended schools within the exposure zone, and even tourists visiting the sites in Lower Manhattan, who are diagnosed with 9/11 related cancers or other medical conditions may be eligible for 9/11 Cancer Fund compensation if the appropriate proof is provided.

Many downtown residents never left their homes after the attacks or returned soon after the fall of the towers, spent hours cleaning their homes, which were filled with ash, dust, debris, all the while breathing in toxins. Then the residents had to go about their daily activities such as shopping, running, biking, and going to work, all in the swirl of toxic fumes and smoke rising from the burning pile.

Many students attending downtown schools like St. John’s University Downtown and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) came back to school very shortly after the horrific events and breathed in the noxious air. Tourists visiting the area on 9/11 and the months afterwards were exposed to the lingering toxins from the dust and debris and may be sick as a result.

Borri Law Offices can help you determine whether you are suffering from a 9/11-related cancer or other medical condition and whether you are entitled to compensation from the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund.

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