New York, New York (PRWEB) September 10, 2012
The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP applauds the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on its decision to recognize the association between toxic Ground Zero dust and many forms of cancer. Coming more than a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, NIOSH's decision to make more than 50 cancers eligible for compensation under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act finally paves the way for potentially thousands of heroic, but now cancer-stricken Ground Zero first responders to access the healthcare they so desperately need.
The Zadroga Act, which became law in December 2010, was named for deceased New York Police Department detective James Zadroga, who had worked at Ground Zero. Many of the individuals who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts following the 9/11 terrorist attacks have since been diagnosed with various illnesses because of their exposure to toxic dust. The Zadroga Act reopened the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund for five years to provide payment for job and economic losses for first responders, those trapped in the buildings, and local residents, who suffered illness or injuries related to the toxic dust.
According to Parker Waichman LLP, NIOSH had initially not included any cancers on the list of Zadroga Act illnesses. In March, however, the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee recommended that dozens of cancers be added to the list of illnesses covered under the Zadroga Act. Since then, sickened Ground Zero first responders and their advocates have anxiously awaited NIOSH's decision on whether or not to accept those recommendations.
With today's announcement, 50 cancers will now be deemed Zadroga Act covered illnesses, including:
“While we had faith this day would eventually come, the fact that this announcement comes on the eve of September 11th is not lost on anyone,” says Matthew J. McCauley, who is the leading attorney in the WTC/Zadroga group at Parker Waichman LLP and a former NYPD Officer and WTC First Responder. “Today, tomorrow and for the rest of our lives, we will honor our 9/11 Heroes and continue to stand by them and their families for the ultimate sacrifices they have made.”
Parker Waichman LLP, which worked alongside Ground Zero first responders and their advocates to ensure passage of the Zadroga Act, applauds NIOSH's decision to expand the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund to include coverage for cancer. The firm vows to continue its efforts to make sure these heroes receive all of the Zadroga Act compensation they need and deserve.
If you or a loved one are eligible for compensation under the Zadroga Act, and would like assistance with your claim, please visit Parker Waichman's Zadroga Act claims page at yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney