Leukemia/ Blood Cancer

If you've been diagnosed with leukemia or blood cancer due to the events of 9/11, you may be eligible for compensation from the VCF. Speak with a 9/11 attorney today, 888-982-8428.

What you need to know

9/11 VCF Claims for Leukemia & Blood Cancer

The terrorist attack that took place on September 11, 2001, left many families devastated. Lives were lost, and for those who survived, the effects of the attack are still being felt. As a result, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was put in place to settle all the 9/11 claims.

If you're a first responder or survivor of the 9/11 attacks battling 9/11-related leukemia or blood cancer, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) can provide you with the necessary financial support to help manage your condition. At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata we understand the burden of dealing with a serious qualifying health condition can be overwhelming. As a result, you may feel like the complex legal process of pursuing compensation is too much of a struggle.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides cancer payouts to all 9/11 claims for victims that qualify. Having proper legal representation can help you through the compensation process. Fortunately, Cannata, Hendele & Cannata are here to lend a helping hand. We take pride having helped over two thousand individuals and loved ones affected either directly or indirectly by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and have recovered more than $300 Million for our our VCF clients and their families.

If you or your loved one has been affected by leukemia orblood cancer due to the events on or following 9/11, or a similar type of qualifying cancer, we can help. Please speak with our experienced VCF lawyers today. When you contact us, we will help you file the claim, compile the necessary documentation and fight to get you maximum compensation.

Call 888-982-8428 or contact us online today for a free consultation with an experienced 9/11 attorney at our firm.

The Connection between 9/11 and Leukemia

After the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, many people were exposed to toxic dust around the World Trade Center (at the time), Pennsylvania, and from the plane crash at Shanksville. As a result, doctors have linked the effects of the attack with leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood.

Today, people who were directly involved in the attack (responders, cleanup crew, and residents of the affected areas) have leukemia at a higher than normal rate. Medical experts warn that patients can start exhibiting symptoms of leukemia and other forms of cancer such as prostate and thyroid cancer many years after exposure to the toxins.

Between 2002 and 2013, about 29,000 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, whose aim was to monitor how the victims of the attack were affected. The program found out that the victims, who either survived the attack or were at the scene for at least 80 hours after the attack, suffered from different diseases, including cancers, respiratory illnesses, traumatic injuries, and severe mental issues.

Most people who enrolled in the program had already been diagnosed with cancer, while others developed the illness shortly after. When the data collected was compared to the general public, it was ascertained that the people affected by the 9/11 attack had a higher rate of all combined cancers.

Impacts of leukemia on You or Your Loved Ones

Leukemia, also known as blood cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the blood-forming tissues, which include the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Since leukemia concentrates on the white blood cells, which are responsible for developing new blood tissues, it suppresses the growth of normal blood cells, leading to malfunctions.

Blood cancer is classified based on its progression speed and the type of cells that it affects. Acute and chronic leukemia represent the fastest-growing types of leukemia, while lymphocytic and myelogenous leukemia represent leukemia that affects white blood cells.

According to the Mayo Clinic, common types of leukemia include:

  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL): Even though this type of leukemia commonly affects children, it can also attack adults.
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML): Acute myelogenous leukemia affects both children and adults in equal measures. As it stands, AML is the most prevalent type of acute leukemia in adults.
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CML): CML is primarily common in adults. However, patients can leave with it for a considerable amount of time without the need for treatment.
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia: This type of leukemia is caused by too many lymphocytes produced by the bone marrow. Also referred to as the cancer of the bone marrow, hairy cell leukemia grows slowly or doesn't at all.
  • Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia: The large granular lymphocytic leukemia affects a part of the white blood cells called the "lymphocytes." In normal conditions, lymphocytes are responsible for building the body's immunity. This means that when the large granular lymphocytic leukemia attacks, it weakens the body's ability to defend itself against infections.

Are You Eligible for VCF Compensation?

Since its inception, the Victim Compensation Fund has compensated thousands of individuals for their qualifying health condition, and has awarded more than $7 billion U.S dollars in payouts.

Qualifying for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund requires a number of steps that can be complicated for those that try to manage the claims process on their own. Working with an experienced VCF attorney at our firm will ensure help you file the claim within the appropriate deadlines, compile the necessary documentation and recover maximum compensation. Criteria for a successful claim include:

  • Proving you were anywhere near the New York City Exposure zone, or the Pentagon, Pennsylvania, and/or Shanksville during the period of the attacks or within the required timeline based on a number of specific criteria

VCF Compensation for Individuals with 9/11- Related Leukemia

Responders, survivors and rescue and recovery efforts volunteers of the 9/11 attack were subjected to unlimited carcinogens at the scene and in the time that followed. The most common carcinogen was benzene, a chemical used in jet fuel that has been linked with causing blood cancer/ leukemia. Since then, there have been rising cases of victims filing 9/11 claims as a result of 9/11 related leukemia cases.

Compensation for 9/11-related leukemia and blood cancer covers the following:

  • Myeloma
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Acute or chronic leukemia
  • T-cell lymphoma
  • B-cell lymphoma
  • Monocytic leukemia
  • Lymphoid leukemia

The WTC health program has come up with a minimum latency period through which every specific type of 9-11 related leukemia can be certified as eligible for VCF claims. Compensations for economic losses are determined individually, and can be impacted based on the following criteria:

  • The patient's level of sickness
  • Whether or not leukemia is chronic
  • The impact on the victim's qualify of life

Discuss Your 9/11-Related Leukemia Claim with a WTC VCF Lawyer Today

The terrorist attack that took place on September 11, 2001, left many families devastated. Lives were lost, and for those who survived, the effects of the attack are still being felt. As a result, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was put in place to settle all the 9/11 claims.

VCF, amongst other functions, focuses on compensating victims whose lives have been affected because of exposure to the carcinogenic benzene that causes leukemia and similar 9/11 blood cancer.

If you have any questions about the VCF claims process, leukemia or blood cancer VCF awards, or other covered cancer types, we can help. Our 9/11 attorneys are dedicated to helping those whose lives have been impacted by the events on and after 9//11.

To find out if you may be eligible for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for your leukemia or blood cancer, contact our law firm today. Call 1-888-982-8428 or contact us online to speak with an experienced VCF attorney today.

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