9/11 Dust Illnesses

Have you been diagnosed with cancer or a respiratory illness?
You could be eligible for compensation and free healthcare.

$7.3 Billion Available for Sick 9/11 Survivors!


You may be eligible to receive compensation for a 9/11 Dust Illness!
Compensation is still available to people who were in lower Manhattan from 9/11/2001 to 5/30/2002

Were You a:

  • Resident, Office Worker, Teacher or Student?
  • First Responder or Volunteer?
  • Construction Worker, Sanitation or Cleanup Worker?

Were You There?

Risk areas defined under the Victim Compensation Fund

The Victim Compensation Fund defines the NYC Exposure Zone as the section of Manhattan south of Canal Street running from the Hudson River to the intersection of Canal Street and East Broadway, north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, and east on Clinton Street to the East River. The zone also includes any area related to or along the routes of debris removal, such as barges and the Fresh Kills landfill.

An individual must merely have been present at the 9/11 crash site, Ground Zero or anywhere within the Lower Manhattan Exposure Zone and diagnosed with a physical illness or injury. If you were present at any of the designated areas between September 11th, 2001 and May 30th, 2002 and have been diagnosed with a qualifying illness or injury, you may be eligible for compensation through the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

Were You in one of these exposure areas?

  • World Trade Center area
  • Lower Manhattan - South of Canal Street
  • Staten Island Landfill
  • Barge Loading Piers
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • PATH Tunnel
  • The Pentagon
  • Shanksville, PA Crash Site


New 9/11-linked cancers and illnesses added every year

NIOSH reports that 9/11-linked cancers have afflicted nearly 6,000 people; not only responders who performed rescue and recovery, but area residents, workers, teachers, and students. Cancers with particularly long latency periods, such as mesothelioma, are just starting to emerge. Among the 68 cancers linked to 9/11, the most common are:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancers (basal, squamous, melanoma)
  • Breast cancer
  • Blood cancers (lymphoma & multiple myeloma)

If you suspect your cancer might be related to WTC toxic dust, contact us immediately at bk@mccarthykelly.com or (212) 732-5040. The sooner you act, the sooner you register with the WTC Health Program, the sooner you can receive the benefits you deserve.

Most common WTC-linked illnesses

Numerous cancers, respiratory and digestive ailments lead among recognized conditions

If you weren’t caught in the toxic dust cloud that day, you might overlook the connection between your non-cancer illness and 9/11, because the EPA falsely stated the air was safe. Area residents, workers, teachers, and students should be aware of the most common non-cancerous illnesses linked to the WTC toxic dust, which are:

  • Asthma/reactive airway disease
  • COPD
  • Sinusitis
  • GERD
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Sleep apnea

If you have any questions about your eligibility, take advantage of a free consultation with one of our experienced Zadroga Act attorneys. Legal fees are 10%, and contingent on a successful result.

History of 9/11 Zadroga Health and Compensation Act

U.S. government responds to environmental disaster

The initial U.S. government response to 9/11 toxicity was not positive. The EPA assured us "the air is safe," urging millions of residents and workers to return prematurely. As the toll of responder illness and death climbed, Congress passed the first James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010. When it became apparent the health crisis had not abated, Congress reauthorized the Zadroga Act in 2016, ensuring victims could receive health screenings, medical benefits, and compensation for 70 years. The Victim Compensation Fund will be open until December 18, 2020.


Contact us immediately at bk@mccarthykelly.com or (212) 732-5040 to find out if you are eligible.

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