9/11 Related Illnesses
September 11, 2020 | World Trade Center
Christopher R. LoPalo, Partner
Jaquay B. Felix, Associate
Paul J. Napoli, Of Counsel
Paul Napoli Law PLLC
Mesothelioma, an aggressive and rare form of heart-lung cancer, is probably the most common health effect of asbestos exposure. The minimum mesothelioma latency period is around twenty years. So, many 9/11 victims who were exposed to asbestos might just now be beginning to experience some mesothelioma symptoms, such as chest tightness, overall lethargy, and trouble breathing even when resting.
There is no doubt that, when they collapsed, the World Trade Center towers contained as much as 5,000 tons of asbestos. This material is one of the most effective fire proofers, and one of the most toxic materials, known to science, at least in its natural form.
The good news is that substantial compensation may be available through the VCF, as outlined below. There Fund claim process can be lengthy and confusing, which can be especially true in asbestos exposure cases. So, having a tough New York 9/11 injury attorney on your side is the best way to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Victims’ Compensation Fund Deadline
Several years ago, the firm’s team and some other advocates successfully extended the VCF’s claims deadline to 2090. That’s partly because mesothelioma’s latency period could be longer than fifty years in some cases.
But the claims deadline is not the only closing date to worry about. There is also a registration deadline, and that deadline is rapidly approaching. And, unless you register your claim now, you might lose the right to obtain compensation in the future. Given the sky-high costs of mesothelioma, that inability could mean you and your family must bear an almost insurmountable financial burden.
Registering your claim does not obligate you in any way. Registration simply states that you might file a claim sometime in the future. If you need registration assistance, we are more than happy to help. Just reach out to us, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Sprayed Asbestos: A Closer Look
An asbestos fiber is one of the most toxic substances on earth. A single microscopic fiber could cause mesothelioma or another serious illness. Much like coronavirus particles, asbestos fibers could be inhaled, filter through an opening like a tear duct, or be absorbed through the skin.
However, the asbestos in the Twin Towers was not garden-variety asbestos. Instead, builders used Limpet. This combination of concrete and asbestos was widely used from the 1930s through the 1970s. Supposedly, the concrete completely covered the asbestos, ensuring that the asbestos stuck to its target. If that’s true, a catastrophic fire would release asbestos fumes, but not asbestos fibers.
Fortunately, the VCF contains a presumption that if the victim was in Lower Manhattan between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and the victim develops a certain condition, including mesothelioma, the 9/11 attack caused that illness. A tiny bit of asbestos exposure could result in a fatal illness.
This presumption makes it critical to register your possible mesothelioma claim. Without it, asbestos-related mesothelioma is more difficult to prove. So, if you were in Lower Manhattan during the aforementioned period, even for a few minutes, see us now.
Zadroga Claim Representation
There are many other types of cancers, respiratory illnesses and health conditions that also qualify you under the VCF. It is a stark reality that the list of covered conditions continues to grow in light of the unprecedented exposure to toxins.
Whether you were a first responder, volunteer, visitor or resident, if you spent any time below Canal Street between 9/11/01 and 5/31/02, you may be entitled to compensation if you have developed any form of cancer.
It is also important to note that you may have a claim regardless of whether or not you smoked.
The Fund has already paid out over $6 billion dollars in payments, but your claim must be filed immediately as time is running out to participate.
We invite you to speak with one of our experienced attorneys to review your conditions and individual needs. The consultation is free and there is no obligation, but you do have a limited amount of time to act.
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