LawFuel.com – Best Law Firm Newswire – Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that has spent the past decade working to ensure that the heroes of 9/11 are not forgotten, applauds the fact that prostate cancer has been added to the list of cancers covered by the Zadroga 9/11 law. This decision comes about three weeks before the registration deadline for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, as reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 19.
It noted that, back in September 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOS) had added about 50 cancers to the list of diseases covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Prostate cancer was noticeably missing from the list. Then in May 2013, the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association filed a petition to add the cancer. NIOSH published a proposed rule to add the cancer in July; the final rule, which added prostate cancer, was posted on the Federal Register on Sept. 19.
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, as noted in Public Law 111, issued on Jan. 2, 2011. 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, as reported by The Lancet on Sept. 3, 2011. 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 illnesses or injuries related to the toxic dust, the U.S. Department of Justice noted in a press release at the time.
“We knew it was only a matter of time before this day would come, when prostate cancer would be added to the list of cancers covered under the Zadroga Act,” said 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. “We continue to honor our 9/11 Heroes and will forever stand by them and their families for the ultimate sacrifices they have made.”
Parker Waichman LLP worked alongside Ground Zero first responders and their advocates to ensure passage of the Zadroga Act. 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 LLP’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