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After the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of workers began a large scale clean up in and around downtown New York City. Numerous trades did different types of work including search and rescue, searching for remains, cleaning debris, and later rebuilding the entire site.
These individuals including police officers, fire fighters, construction workers, and residents of lower Manhattan were exposed to toxic and otherwise harmful smoke and dust. Many people developed serious ailments including asbestosis, cancer, chronic sinusitus, sleep apnea, depression, birth defects, GERD, asthma, COPD, and interstitial lung disease.
A new federal law called the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law in January 2011. This law provides benefits for individuals living or working near the World Trade Center site who became sick. Over one and a half billion dollars will be placed in the fund to provide for medical care for World Trade Center related injuries. Another $2.775 billion will comprise the Victim’s Fund which will compensation individuals for their injuries. Call the law offices of Frekhtman & Associates for a free consultation regarding your rights and eligibility to participate in the September 11th fund.