In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, many responders and survivors developed various types of cancers due to exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero and the surrounding area. Among the cancer conditions diagnosed in those who were present in the NYC Exposure Zone include pancreatic cancer. If you are an eligible responder or survivor who developed 9/11 pancreatic cancer, you may be eligible to receive medical treatment from the WTC Health Program — and obtain compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
What Is 9/11 Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the tissues of the pancreas. This organ in the abdomen produces the enzymes that aid digestion and the hormones that regulate blood sugar. Although pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, it has one of the lowest survival rates of all types of cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just 12%.
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can include the following:
- Dark urine
- Itchy skin
- Pain in the abdomen
- Back pain
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Blood clots
- Liver enlargement
Symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don’t appear until the condition is already in the late stages, and it can be difficult to detect. Typically, pancreatic cancer is diagnosed using imaging tests such as MRIs, CT scans, PET scans, and ultrasounds. A doctor may also conduct blood tests or take a biopsy. Based on the stage of cancer and other factors, treatment options can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, embolization treatments, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.
VCF Compensation for 9/11 Pancreatic Cancer
9/11 responders and survivors exposed to the toxins in the dust cloud, including benzene, silica, and asbestos, have an increased risk of developing various forms of cancer, including pancreatic cancer. The VCF recognizes the toll pancreatic cancer can take on a victim and their family. Those who are eligible may be entitled to receive a monetary award for the economic and non-economic losses they suffered due to a cancer diagnosis. In order to be eligible for VCF compensation, a claimant must have been present in the NYC Exposure Zone between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002. Importantly, the condition must also have been certified by the WTC Health Program.
A VCF award for economic loss can include compensation for loss of earnings or employment benefits and out-of-pocket medical expenses. A victim may also be entitled to compensation for the cost associated with replacing household services. In cases where a victim is deceased, their loved ones may be able to receive the expenses associated with a memorial service or burial.
Non-economic loss is meant to compensate a victim for the pain and suffering they experienced due to their 9/11-related health condition. The maximum compensation for non-economic loss that can be awarded under the Zadroga Act is $250,000 for all forms of cancer, including pancreatic cancer. The Special Master may issue an award above the statutory cap in limited cases where a victim has been diagnosed with multiple cancers. In a deceased claim, the victim’s spouse and dependents can each receive $100,000 in addition to $250,000 on behalf of their loved one.
Contact an Experienced New York City 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Attorney
If you are a 9/11 responder or survivor who developed 9/11 pancreatic cancer, you may be entitled to compensation from the VCF. However, navigating the VCF’s procedures to file a claim can often be overwhelming. It is essential to have the representation of a skillful VCF attorney who can help ensure that you receive the maximum monetary award to which you are entitled.
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, contact us today.