Zadroga Fund Opened to Cancer Victims from 9/11 Tragedy


September 11, 2001 is a day that changed the United States forever. More than 3,000 citizens lost their lives in a series of terrorist attacks, and thousands more still endure poor health as a result of the attack on New York's World Trade Center. Many firefighters and first responders who worked to clean up the site of the Twin Towers suffer cancer and persistent respiratory issues over a decade later.

Nine years after the tragedy, Congress passed legislation that earmarked 4.3 billion dollars to people who became ill as a result of the attacks on 9/11. The Zadroga Act reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001(VCF). The VCF was established for workers and those who were near the site of the former World Trade Center and became ill as a result of exposure to toxic dust and other substances. Unfortunately, it did not allocate any funds for those who developed cancer. After insistence from first responders at the site, several New York politicians, and Michael Barasch who testified at a VCF committee hearing, the September 11 Fund was expanded to cover 50 different types of cancer, including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Skin cancer
  • Heart cancer
  • Oral cancers
  • Trachea cancer
  • Nasal cavity cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Eye/ocular cancers
  • Rare cancer
  • Childhood cancer

Barasch, McGarry, Salzman and Penson, Attorneys at Law is a New York law firm that is passionate about the rights of victims of the 9/11 tragedy. If your health was in any way affected by the aftermath of that day, this legal office is available to help you and your family seek assistance with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and much more. You helped our country at its time of greatest need, so it is only right that our country takes care of you now.


Published In: Health Updates, Personal Injury Updates

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