The September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) created unprecedented environmental exposure to known and suspected carcinogens for thousands of responders and survivors. In the years following 9/11, exposure to toxic dust and debris has proven to increase exposed individual's risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and more than 60 different types of cancer and illnesses.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, or another type of 9/11-related lymphoma you may be eligible for tax-free compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Billions of dollars have already been awarded to those whose health has been impacted by 9/11, but the time limit to file a claim is quickly approaching.
Attempting to file a VCF claim on your own can be overwhelming and frustrating; an error, incomplete documentation, or missed deadline can delay your claim or could even result in a denial. Let our attorneys help.
Cannata, Hendele & Cannata have helped clients recover more than $300 Million in compensation, including 9/11 cancer payouts for lymphoma from the WTC Victim Compensation Fund.Our WTC lawyers are standing by, ready to answer any question you may have about the fund, your eligibility or next steps in the VCF claim filing process.
Call 888-982-8428 or complete the claim evaluation form today to discuss your 9/11 lymphoma with an experienced VCF lawyer.
Early warning signs of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 9/11 Responders
Lymphoma has been one of the most common cancers found among 9/11 responders and survivors. In fact, 9/11-related lymphoma is the World Trade Center Health Program's (WTCHP) fifth most common certified cancer.
According to the latest data from the CDC, 640 responders and 625 survivors have already been certified to receive medical treatment for lymphoma from the WTCHP.
Following the collapse of the twin towers, exposure to toxic dust containing carcinogenic particles (including asbestos, calcium carbonate, copper, insulation, iron, lead, glass, and gypsum) has been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and large spikes of similar rare cancer types.
According to research published by JAMA Oncology of medical records of more than 40,000 NYPD officers following the September 11 attacks, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnoses were almost 50% higher than that of the general population.
Similarly, a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 9/11 FDNY firefighters also had a higher instance of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma than members of the general population.
Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the more common of two general types of lymphoma, known as Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There are many different types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, including "diffuse large B-cell lymphoma" and "follicular lymphoma."
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), also called “non-Hodgkin lymphoma" or sometimes just lymphoma, is a type of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is an aggressive and sometimes life-threatening disease that develops from cell types called lymphocytes.
Lymph nodes and the lymphatic system work with other parts of your immune system to help fight infection and disease. The lymphatic system includes your spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and channels, as well as your tonsils and adenoids and contains vessels, nodes, and organs that serve various functions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may include:
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Chest pain, coughing or difficulty breathing
- Persistent fatigue or fever
Note: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma falls within Malignant Neoplasms (Blood and Lymphoid Tissue) of the WTC Health Program's covered conditions.
VCF Payouts for 9/11 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma & Related Cancers
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund can provide two forms of payouts to responders and survivors diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, compensation for economic losses and non-economic loss. Learn more here: How Much Am I Eligible to Be Awarded
Compensation for economic losses may include lost income and employment benefits, costs of burial or memorial service (if deceased), and/or past medical costs. The VCF may use documentation from third parties to determine the measure of your economic losses.
Compensation for non-economic loss is generally based on the severity or your condition and its effect on your life. Non-economic compensation may be awarded for damages that include loss of enjoyment or quality-of-life; inconvenience from treatments or surgery procedures due to this condition; physical impairment; and mental anguish.
As a general rule, the VCF Act establishes a cap on non-economic awards for 9/11-related lymphoma cancer conditions at $250,000.
However in some cases, the Special Master may consider multiple prescriptive factors, such as a diagnosis of multiple types of cancer, to determine whether you should be entitled to an award that exceeds this general limit.
Latency Period for 9/11 Lymphoma WTC VCF Claims
To be eligible for compensation from the Victim Compensation Fund your illness must be "certified" by the WTC Health Program. To be certified for blood and lymphoid tissue cancer (including lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia) your cancer must meet specific latency requirements in addition to any other certification requirements by the WTCHP. There are no exceptions.
The WTC Health Program has determined the shortest allowable latency period for lymphoma and any 9/11 cancers to be covered by the Program.
The minimum latency period for lymphoproliferative and hematopoietic cancers (including all types of lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma) is 0.4 years (approximately 146 days) — meaning 9/11 toxins can cause lymphoma or leukemia to develop after only a few months of exposure.
Our 9/11 VCF attorneys will help you navigate the complex cancer latency requirements, and ensure your lymphoma meets all of the certification criteria.
The VCF attorneys at Cannata, Hendele & Cannata have years of experience navigating the complex guidelines and documentation needed to satisfy all requirements and ensure a successful outcome for your claim.
Are You Eligible for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund?
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund provides compensation to responders and survivors that have been diagnosed with many types of lymphoma as well as over 68 different types of cancers and qualifying conditions, including among others: skin cancer, thyroid cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer and leukemia.
Anyone who lived, worked, went to school, volunteered, or responded to the crisis in any way in the exposure zones may be eligible for compensation and benefits. You did not have to be present on 9/11 to qualify for compensation.
If you were present in any capacity at the below locations you may be eligible:
- In Lower Manhattan below Canal Street
- Any area related to, or along debris removal routes (on barges, trucks, piers, or at the Fresh Kills landfill)
- At 9/11-related morgues
- Garages where emergency vehicles were repaired or cleaned
Speak with an experienced VCF lawyer about your 9/11 non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma claim today
Located in New York City, NY, Cannata, Hendele & Cannata 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund lawyers help responders, downtown office workers, residents, students, and individuals with Hodgkin's lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or other qualifying cancers or illnesses recover cash awards from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Your first consultation is free. Our 9/11 lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only get paid if you do. Our goal is to help you recover as quickly as possible.
Call 888-982-8428 or complete the claim evaluation form today to discuss your claim with an experienced VCF lawyer.