Turley, Hansen & Partners Provides Latest Cancer Information on the Zadroga Act and Offers Advice on Filing Claims to be Eligible for the Victim Compensation Fund
Law Firm Revamps Website, Which is Retitled “9/11 Cancer Compensation Claims Info”
Troy Rosasco, Partner, Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP, and Daniel J Hansen, Managing Partner, Hansen & Associates, have announced the relaunch of an online resource center for those who became ill with cancer after being exposed to toxins in the air while working at or living near Ground Zero. The Zadroga Claims Info website (www.zadrogaclaimsonfo.com) is now titled “9/11 Cancer Compensation Claims Info” and offers the latest information about the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The site was renamed since the vast majority of new claims are being filed by those diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer.
The 9/11 Cancer Compensation Claims Info website has a special FAQ section dedicated solely to addressing cancer claims from police officers, firefighters, first responders, volunteers and others who were sickened by the airborne toxins from Ground Zero. The section explains to the site’s visitors which 9/11-related cancers are eligible for treatment and compensation, where they can receive medical care, how much money they can expect to receive from the VCF, and whether they are eligible for funds from the VCF.
The site also explains the most common types of cancer, the type of medical care offered through the World Trade Center Health Program, claims procedures and filing deadlines. In addition, the site is updated regularly with news, information and analysis on the current fight in Congress to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
According to the Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, there are currently more than 3,700 first responders and volunteers who are afflicted with 9/11-related cancers. On November 5, Marci Simms, a lieutenant with the New York Police Department who was at Ground Zero for four months after the 9/11 attacks, died of lung cancer, which was traced to her exposure to the airborne toxins.
Local elected officials are calling on U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, to extend the Zadroga Act. Congressional Republicans are calling for limiting the reauthorization of the Act to another five years while cutting its funding by $456 million. The VCF is set to expire on October 1, 2016.
“This website will provide the information needed to file a claim and whether someone is eligible to do so,” Mr. Rosasco said. “It was important that we revamped this website, especially at a time when the NYPD loses one of its finest officers to a 9/11-related cancer and Congress is looking to make drastic cuts to the Victim Compensation Fund, which would be an injustice to those who risked their lives and their health responding to a national tragedy.”
“Unfortunately, 9/11 first responders, workers, volunteers and downtown residents are calling our office every day after being diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer,” Mr. Hansen said. “With the recent expiration of the Zadroga Act — putting in jeopardy future health benefits (with funding running out by early next year) — these claimants need more information and guidance than ever. We hope this new informational website can give them a starting point to find answers to their questions.”
For more information, call 1 (855) WTC-INFO or visit www.zadrogaclaimsinfo.com.
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