Asbestos Claims: Mesothelioma Only Recently Linked to 9/11 Attacks
A study by Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program has found that cancer among 9/11 responders is 15% higher than people who were not exposed to Ground Zero toxins.
According to one published estimate, almost 400 first responders, construction workers and volunteers who worked at the World Trade Center site on and after 9/11 have died of cancer.
After the collapse of the Twin Towers, it took 10 years for the link between the caustic dust— found to contain cement, gypsum, asbestos, glass fibers, calcium carbonate, lead and other metal particles—and mesothelioma, the deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, to be recognized.
As of October 12, 2012, mesothelioma and several other cancers were added to the ailments officially covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Enacted by President Obama on January 2, 2011, the act allocated $4.2 billion to create the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program.
Asbestos Claims: Are You Suffering from 9/11-Related Mesothelioma?
If you were exposed to asbestos and other dangerous debris during 9/11 and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result, you may be eligible for compensation.
You don’t need to work with a lawyer to file a claim the under the Zadroga Act. However, a mesothelioma lawyer from Sokolove Law can help you determine your eligibility, work through the evidence and paperwork requirements, and help file your claim.
Mesothelioma May Develop Long after Deadline for Filing 9/11 Asbestos Claims
Deborah Reeve, a 41-year-old FDNY EMS paramedic was the first person to die from 9/11-related mesothelioma. For months after the tragedy, Reeve worked in the World Trade Center morgue. She got sick in late 2003 and died in March 2006.
Reeve’s illness progressed rapidly, but for many 9/11 workers, mesothelioma will take years to develop and be diagnosed. This means that symptoms may appear long after the registration deadline for the World Trade Center Health Program.
9/11 Asbestos Claims: Call Sokolove Law for Help
If you or a loved one is suffering from 9/11-related mesothelioma, it’s important that you apply for James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Act benefits right away. A paralegal from Sokolove Law can help you determine your eligibility for World Trade Center compensation and guide you through the process of getting the financial support you deserve.