“Was my Cancer Caused by the 9/11 Attacks?”
Victims frequently ask me, “How do I know if my cancer is caused by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks?”
You may have lived or worked in lower Manhattan in the months following the attacks or helped clean up the dust spread by the collapse of the WTC towers. Then, 10 or 15 years later you are diagnosed with cancer. The question that comes to mind is: “Was my cancer caused by the 9/11 attacks?”
This is a good question.
Test Considers Location Downtown, How Long Downtown and What You Were Doing
The fact is that there is no medical test that can tell you whether or not a particular cancer is caused by the dust or fumes emanating from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers or the burning fires at Ground Zero.
So, in the absence of a medical test, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program decide whether a cancer is “9/11 related” (caused in whole or in part by 9/11) by assessing the intensity and duration of the victim’s exposure to 9/11 toxins. This means they consider how soon after the attacks you were downtown, how frequently or how long you were downtown, and what you were doing when you were downtown.
There are, of course, guidelines which specify minimum exposure durations which vary depending on the dates and location of exposure to air, fumes or dust and the nature of the victim’s activities downtown. Thus, a policeman providing security near Ground Zero in September 2001 will need a shorter duration of exposure than will an office worker in Wall Street in October and November 2001.
Time Spent in Lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002
The VCF considers all exposures in the disaster zone in Lower Manhattan between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002. So, if you spent enough time below Canal Street in Lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002, the VCF and the WTCHP presume your cancer is caused by the 9/11 attacks.
The bottom line is if you have sufficient time in Lower Manhattan during the applicable period of time your cancer will probably be found to be caused by 9/11 and you will be entitled to compensation.
Borri Law Offices can help you determine whether you are eligible for compensation. Call us for a Free Consultation
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