As a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Consolidated Edison’s infrastructure throughout lower Manhattan sustained a tremendous amount of damage. Helping to rebuild the city and restore the utility company’s electric and gas lines in the months ahead, Con Ed workers were among the brave responders at the front lines of the recovery efforts.
Unfortunately, as they worked in the area surrounding Ground Zero, Con Ed employees were exposed to numerous carcinogens in the air and hazardous debris. Many of them got sick — and sadly, 9/11 Con Ed responders continue to be diagnosed with cancers linked to the 9/11 toxic dust cloud to this day. Eligible Con Edison workers who developed 9/11 cancers may be entitled to receive medical treatment from the WTC Health Program, as well as compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
What Kinds of Cancer Conditions Affect 9/11 Con Ed Responders?
9/11 Con Ed responders have a higher risk than the general public of being diagnosed with cancer. According to a study published by JNCI Cancer Spectrum, the chances of developing any kind of cancer are elevated in 9/11 responders — but some cancers were observed more than others. Specifically, the research showed that incidences of prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, and leukemia occurred more frequently than other cancer conditions.
However, 9/11 Con Ed responders may also develop many other types of cancer. Importantly, the VCF recognizes all cancers as eligible for compensation as long as they are certified by the WTC Health Program. Other 9/11 cancers that may affect Con Edison workers who spent time in the NYC Exposure Zone can include, but are not limited to:
- Digestive System Cancers
- Esophagus Cancer
- Colon and Rectum Cancers
- Blood and Lymphoid Tissue Cancers
- Head Cancers
- Lung Cancer
- Neck Cancers
- Female and Male Breast Cancers
- Kidney and Bladder Cancers
- Skin Cancer
- Respiratory System Cancers
- Rare Cancers
Many cancers linked to 9/11 do not develop until years — sometimes decades — later. The WTC Health Program offers medical monitoring and treatment for 9/11 Con Ed responders who meet certain criteria so that any potential cancer conditions can be diagnosed earlier rather than later and treated.
VCF Compensation for 9/11 Con Ed Responders
Those who worked for Consolidated Edison in the aftermath of 9/11 may have suffered physically and financially as a result of developing a 9/11-related cancer or health condition. The VCF issues monetary awards to Con Ed employees who worked in the area South of Canal Street between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 to compensate them for their economic and non-economic losses.
Con Ed responders may be awarded for lost wages, loss of employment benefits, out-of-pocket medical costs, and other monetary damages — they might also be eligible to recover loss of pension if their 9/11-related disability forced them into retirement earlier than they had expected. Additionally, the VCF compensates non-economic loss for the pain and suffering a responder endured due to their 9/11 health condition. Generally, awards for non-cancer conditions are capped at $90,000, and cancers at $250,000.
The family of a 9/11 Con Ed responder may also be entitled to compensation for their loss in a wrongful death claim if their loved one passed away as a result of their 9/11-related cancer or condition.
While the VCF has some of the information necessary to calculate loss of pension for eligible Con Edison workers, Con Ed responders must still provide proof of presence in the NYC Exposure Zone. Witness statements, affidavits, and employment records showing you were in lower Manhattan within the applicable time frame may all be sufficient documents to establish presence.
Contact a New York City 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Attorney
If you’re an eligible Con Ed responder who suffers from 9/11 cancer or another health condition connected to the hazardous chemicals in the dust cloud, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation from the VCF. However, the VCF’s rules and regulations for submitting a claim are often confusing to understand and frustrating to navigate. An experienced 9/11 VCF attorney can help ensure you file your claim correctly and obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund attorneys at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. have represented claimants and their families in 9/11 VCF claims for over a decade. For a free consultation, call 1-800-2-DEARIE. Contact us today.