Another courageous firefighter succumbs to cancer related to the 9/11 attacks and exposure at Ground Zero. Unfortunately, he is not the first person to die this year from cancer caused by exposure to Ground Zero. He may not be the last first responder to die from 9/11-related cancer this year.
More 9/11 First Responder Deaths in 2020
After serving at Ground Zero, other first responders have lost their battle with cancer in 2020.
On July 17, 2020, Steve Bailie was only 68 years old when he passed away. On their Facebook page, the Kennewick Firefighters Union announced his death. Mr. Bailie was stationed at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks.
According to the Union, Mr. Bailie passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, which was related to his career as a firefighter and service at Ground Zero.
Daniel Foley, a firefighter for the FDNY, died of cancer on February 22, 2020. Mr. Foley was an FDNY veteran of 21 years. He had assisted in the recovery of his brother’s body at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks.
Mr. Foley discovered his brother, a fellow firefighter, in the debris on the eleventh day of the search. Even though he was not assigned to the recovery efforts, he returned daily until May 2002 to assist.
Mr. Foley’s pancreatic cancer was a result of his work at Ground Zero.
Thousands of First Responders, Volunteers, & Victims Die of Ground Zero Cancers
Thousands of first responders, victims, volunteers, and New York City residents inhaled toxic fumes and microscopic debris after the World Trade Center attacks. First responders, volunteers, and contractors laboured at Ground Zero for months to recover the remains of 9/11 victims.
Following the conclusion of the recovery effort, thousands of workers continued to clean up the site. The prolonged exposure to airborne toxins has resulted in hundreds of Ground Zero-related health conditions.
On their website, the Centers for Disease Control provide a comprehensive list of the conditions covered by the WTC Health Program. As health officials learn more about the effects of 9/11 exposure on first responders and others, the list is updated.
On the list of cancers linked to exposure at Ground Zero, numerous types of cancer are included. The list includes, but is not limited to, the following types of cancer:
- Lymphoma non-Hodgkin
- Hodgkin’s illness
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Gastric cancer
- ovarian cancer
- Head and neck malignancies
- Lung tumour
- Skin disease
- Thyroid carcinoma
- Renal cancer
In addition to numerous types of cancer, Ground Zero exposure has been linked to other conditions. Also covered by the WTC Health Program are acute traumatic injuries, mental health conditions, aerodigestive disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Seeking Compensation and Help for 9/11 Related Cancer and Illnesses
The Ground Zero survivors, first responders, and workers endured an unimaginable event. Only those who are physically present at Ground Zero can comprehend the mental and emotional distress brought on by the recovery and cleanup efforts. After spending months of their lives working at Ground Zero, these individuals suffer from cancer and other illnesses years later.
As they battle cancer and other illnesses, these courageous individuals are currently experiencing financial difficulties, physical pain, and mental anguish. They are entitled to compensation for their losses, injuries, and damages.
Through the World Trade Center Health Program, victims of 9/11, including first responders and survivors, may be eligible for lifelong medical treatment. However, they may be entitled to compensation for the damages caused by cancers and illnesses related to 9/11.
Victims have received compensation as a result of lawsuits filed against New York City, contractors, and other parties for failing to provide respirators and other safety equipment. Additionally, victims may submit claims to the Victim Compensation Fund.
It can be extremely challenging to determine the optimal course of action when pursuing a 9/11 injury claim. Depending on your role, you may have multiple compensation recovery options. You may be eligible for VCF payment, or you may have a personal injury claim against one or more parties.
If you are uncertain about how to proceed with a 9/11 claim, it may be beneficial to consult with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can explain your legal rights and options, as well as offer advice on how to pursue 9/11 compensation.
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