After the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center that occurred on September 11, 2001, many people blamed negligent airlines for allowing the hijackers to board the aircraft. The sheer number of lawsuits and the amount of money that could have been claimed was expected to bankrupt commercial airlines. To ensure compensation is available without harming airlines, the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) were created to provide funds to victims and their families.
A portion of this funding has been set aside to pay brave first responders and diligent workers who assisted in cleaning up the debris. The wreckage of the incident caused toxic dust to spread throughout Lower Manhattan for months, and those exposed to it have developed severe diseases and illnesses, including cancer. Research is still being conducted to determine how the toxic dust at Ground Zero contributed to cancer, the severity of the situation, and what other illnesses it may have caused.
Studies show that there is a link between the debris of 9/11 and cancer. After being exposed to the toxic substances in the air around the World Trade Center, victims who have been diagnosed with cancer or other severe illness may be eligible to register and file a claim for compensation with the VCF. For help with registration and filing a claim, those affected by 9/11 dust exposure can work with an experienced 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund lawyer.
The Guardian Legal Network can connect you with a qualified legal professional who can help you register or file a claim with the VCF.