New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman commends the recommendation by a federal panel to add 14 broad categories of cancer, including 50 specific types, to the list of ailments covered by the Zadroga Act. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health accepted the panel’s recommendation, reported the New York Daily News (6/8/2012).
The original 2011 act earmarked $4.3 billion in funding for medical treatment programs for first responders and recovery workers with illnesses related to the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings. It covered certain illnesses linked to 9/11 exposure, but no cancers. The act also provided economic compensation for anyone who suffers long-term personal injury from exposure to Ground Zero. The ruling means that thousands more Ground Zero first-responders, workers and residents who were near Ground Zero and later diagnosed with certain types of cancers may be able to receive treatment and compensation under the Zadroga Act.
As personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, understands, lung cancer, thyroid cancer, colon cancer blood cancer, mesothelioma and lymphoma, are some of the cancers now on the list. “This is a win for workers and residents who were near Ground Zero and who are now battling cancer,” said personal injury lawyer Perecman, who has represented injured and sickened workers for decades.
“Finally thousands who risked their lives and were seriously injured while on the job in New York may have the treatment and compensation they deserve.” New York personnel or responders who worked at the Ground Zero site and are injured should contact a New York personal injury lawyer at The Perecman Firm, one of New York City’s top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information on benefit eligibility or compensation from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, contact us today.