- The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has changed the eligibility requirements regarding World Trade Center related Cancers
- The U.S. Senate and House have overrode President Obama's 9/11 veto thereby opening the possibility of suing Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan and terrorist organizations
- The Washington Post: Congress overrides Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill
- The New York Times: Congress Votes to Override Obama Veto on 9/11 Victims Bill
- The Wall Street Journal: Senate, House Override Obama Veto on Saudi Arabia Bill
- Reuters: Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law
- Politico: Congress hands Obama first veto override
- As reported in Newsweek: Fallout from 9/11 Attacks on par with Fukushima and Chernobyl, Researchers say. "The U.S. government has spent the past six years pouring millions of dollars into researching deadly diseases linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. But it has never officially warned people who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan during 9/11 that the attacks turned the area into a breeding ground for cancer. At a conference at the New York Academy of Medicine on Wednesday, researchers shared fresh evidence of elevated rates of cancer, heart and respiratory disease and post-traumatic stress disorder linked to Ground Zero. One doctor even stated that the dangerous health consequences of the attacks are on par with those of the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986 and Fukushima, Japan in 2011."
The evildoers who attacked our country on September 11, 2001 killed over 3,000 people. As traumatic as that day was, the losses were only beginning. The jets which smashed into the Twin Towers unleashed a torrent of toxic gasses, dusts, and other debris that affected not only the bystanders in and around the World Trade Center, but also first responders to the scene and those people involved in subsequent cleanup efforts at Ground Zero. Today, many of these 9/11 injury victims suffer from serious respiratory illnesses, and some other victims have passed on. If you or a loved one were present at a crash site during these attacks or in the immediate aftermath thereafter, and if you are suffering from a disease or health condition as a direct result of your proximity to the crash site, you may be eligible for substantial compensation.
At Napoli Shklonik PLLC, Paul J. Napoli and some of our other attorneys have dedicated a good portion of their professional careers to helping 9/11 injury victims through both legislative action and aggressive legal representation. Specifically, Mr. Napoli repeatedly and vocally urged the U.S. Congress to pass the James Zadroga September 11th Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Paul Napoli was also intimately involved in a New York City court case which resulted in a $700 million settlement for thousands of 9/11 first responders.
In their haste and zeal to rescue 9/11 injury victims, most first responders did not have proper breathing equipment to protect them from the poisonous dust and debris; the same was true for many recovery and reconstruction workers. As a result, many of these people contracted serious illnesses, including:
- Severe laryngitis,
- Chronic cough syndrome,
- Hyperactive upper airway,
- Chronic respiratory disorder,
- ECOPD (exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),
- Lung disease,
- RADS (reactive airway dysfunction syndrome), and
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder).
If you may have been exposed to a 9/11 illness and you are having any breathing or respiratory problems, Paul J. Napoli or one of our other attorneys can direct you to a specialist free of charge.
The Victim Compensation Fund & The James Zadroga Act
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act allocated approximately $4.2 billion to create the World Trade Center Health Program. The act also expanded the Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, allowing 9/11 injury victims to obtain compensation for their injuries. Anyone who was present at the crash sites between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, and suffered physical harm as a direct result of the crash or debris, may file a claim for benefits.
File a Claim for Benefits Today
Before you file your claim for benefits, make sure you consult with a World Trade Center injury lawyer to learn more about what diseases, illnesses, and injuries are covered under the act, who is eligible to recover benefits, and how to file your claim. At Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, we want to make sure that you recover the compensation you are entitled to if you are a victim of the 9/11 attacks. To learn more, call our offices today to schedule a consultation.