Skilled Lawyers Dedicated to Recovering Compensation for Victims of 9/11 Throughout New Jersey
In the years following the tragic 9/11 attacks, we have developed a much sharper understanding of the true toll that those tragic events had on the first responders, workers, volunteers, and residents who survived the attacks. In addition to the tragic loss of thousands of American lives on 9/11, those exposed to the debris and dust caused by the falling towers have continued to suffer the latent consequences of the exposure over the past 18 years. Dozens of diseases, including various cancers, respiratory illnesses, and dozens of other afflictions have been linked to 9/11 toxin exposure.
Many of these victims may mistakenly believe that the time for obtaining financial compensation relating to their illnesses and injuries caused by 9/11 has expired—but Congress has extended the relevant deadlines for filing 9/11-related claims and, through the Zadroga Act, has extended funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for the duration of survivors’ lifetimes, through 2090.
At Drazin & Warshaw, P.C., we understand that the mechanics of filing a claim for compensation under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund can be daunting and we have dedicated our time and knowledge to helping victims get the compensation they deserve. As part of the Trial Lawyers Care (“TLC”) project, a post-September 11th community effort created by the American Association for Justice, Brian Drazin became a leading pro bono advocate for victims’ families, fighting tirelessly to recover millions of dollars of compensation for his clients. We have represented many members of our community with claims for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, making sure that our neighbors and their families get the justice they deserve for their heroic efforts and sacrifice for our country.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a disease or passed away because of illnesses associated with the 9/11 attacks, or have reason to believe that your illness was caused by the aftermath of the attacks, call or contact our office today to discuss your right to compensation.
We Handle All Aspects of Submitting Clients’ Claims Under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund
You may be entitled to financial compensation from the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund for any type of illness, physical injury or death caused by some aspect of the 9/11 attacks if you were:
- A first responder at Ground Zero, the Pentagon or Shanksville, PA,
- A resident of the Canal Street area,
- A cleanup worker on the scene after the attacks, including construction workers and sanitation crew members,
- Someone who worked in the area of the attacks (volunteers are also included),
- Someone who worked with debris removal in and along routes of disposal,
- A transit worker who helped with the evacuation of people from New York to New Jersey on September 11.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released a lengthy list of injuries and illnesses believed to have been caused by exposure to the 9/11 attacks and toxins in the air. Despite the CDC’s best efforts, that list continues to evolve and grow over time as we learn more information about the impact that exposure of 9/11 contaminants had on the human body. Examples of the types of diseases for which you may be entitled to compensation under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund include:
- Cancers, including lymphoma, lung cancer, blood cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, skin cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer and more,
- All childhood cancers diagnosed in someone under the age of 20,
- Aerodigestive disorders, including asthma, chronic cough syndrome, chronic laryngitis, GERD, COPD and more,
- Rare cancers, including breast cancer in men, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder cancer and more,
- Mental health diseases such as anxiety, PTSD and depression,
- Musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome and lower back pain.
Experienced Lawyers Drazin & Warshaw Stand by 9/11 Victims Through the Entire Financial Recovery Process
Although the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund now covers a broad range of diseases and physical injuries, it remains necessary for the victims themselves to take action to secure their right to compensation. Hundreds of victims become ill each year and may fail to associate those illnesses with exposure to the air in lower Manhattan or the areas surrounding the Pentagon and Pennsylvania crash sites. Our experienced lawyers are here to help you complete your application for compensation under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Right to Compensation From the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund
Although those individuals impacted directly by the 9/11 attacks may never fully recover from their injuries and illnesses—both physical and emotional—the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund is dedicated to providing financial compensation to help you get the best possible treatment at a time when you may find yourself unable to earn a living. Our experienced lawyers are here to help guide you through the process of applying for these important benefits. If you or a loved one were impacted by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, please call Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. at 732-747-3730 to speak about the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Frequently Asked Questions About Claims Under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund
FAQ: What if I contracted cancer as a result of exposure to toxic debris from the 9/11 attacks but did not make a claim within two years of 9/11/01?
You may still have a claim for compensation. Originally, victims were required to register and provide certain information within two years of the date of their cancer diagnosis in order to claim benefits from the 9/11 compensation fund. However, that deadline was later modified so that you are entitled to register to receive compensation from the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund within two years after you have learned that your cancer was caused by exposure to elements at the 9/11 attack sites.
FAQ: What information do I need to apply for compensation from the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund?
To apply for compensation under the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, you must provide certain general information as to why you were in the area during the months following the 9/11 attacks. This can include documentation of your job or volunteer duties, location of your residence at the time, location of a school or daycare center you attended at the time and any other documentation that can explain your right to claim under the fund. If you cannot locate this information, you can also provide an explanation of why the documentation is unavailable. You must also provide information related to the injury or illness that you suffered, generally in the form of medical documentation from your physician.