Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 12, 2011
The official death count from the 9/11 attacks is nearly 3,000, but this number does not include rescue workers who developed cancer and other diseases after the fact. While a decade will have passed Sunday since the tragedy, firefighters and volunteers exposed to the carcinogenic dust and debris continue to suffer. Leading national law firm Shrader & Associates, LLP recognizes these heroes and hopes to see them cared for as they have cared for their fellow Americans.
“While the events of 9/11 are impossible to forget, the health of first-responders who rushed to the scene is sometimes overlooked,” said attorney Justin Shrader, of Shrader & Associates. “As these men and women worked to save those trapped in the rubble, they breathed in dust containing asbestos and other dangerous chemicals.”
Analysts say the dust contained lead, calcium carbonate, cement, gypsum, glass fibers, titanium, benzene and asbestos. Exposure sciences expert Paul Lioy told ABC health the dust was “something we had never seen before.”
Many of the diseases that might result from exposure to the dust take years to manifest. Mesothelioma, for example, can have a latency period of 30 years. It is a disease caused solely by exposure to asbestos, a fiber that was present in an “overwhelming concentration,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Firefighters involved in the recue work after the terrorist attacks continue to suffer as a result of their selfless actions.
These firefighters are 19 percent more likely to develop cancer than firefighters not present at ground zero, a New York Times article reported.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named after a firefighter who helped during the rescue period, was passed in 2010 to offer some health care compensation to firefighters. As of now, Zadroga does not cover cancer, though, because they said the scientific evidence was not there. Since then, the evidence has begun to mount. Lawmakers will revisit the bill in July 2012. But some of people who introduced the bill are petitioning that it be revisited sooner.
While 9/11 firefighters wait for the policy to catch up with the studies that have been conducted, Shrader & Associates urges these individuals to get screened for cancer or other dust related diseases.
“In my experience working with people affected by mesothelioma, I have learned the ugliness of the disease,” Shrader said. “While I hate to see these extremely undeserving men and women face it and other cancers, I urge anyone exposed to 9/11 dust to get themselves screened.”
For any interested in taking legal action, Shrader & Associates offers a complimentary legal consultation. Anyone interested should call (888) 637-6236 or go to http://www.shraderlaw.com to learn about their family’s legal rights. Shrader & Associates attorneys can provide information and help decide if pursuing a lawsuit is the right decision.
Shrader & Associates is a leading national law firm that specializes in representing individuals harmed by dangerous products and toxic chemicals. These dedicated professionals have extensive experience handling personal injury and product liability lawsuits.
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