World Trade Center Settlement Gets Backing Needed to Take Effect
– New York Law Journal
(November 22, 2010) Enough plaintiffs have accepted a massive settlement of claims alleging respiratory and other health problems from the post-9/11 response and cleanup at the World Trade Center site to seal the deal. Read more…
10,563 Ground Zero 9/11 Workers Agree On $625 Million Settlement
– Medical News Today
(November 21, 2010) 10,563 ground zero workers who inhaled toxic dust and risked health consequences have agreed on a $625 settlement and ceased suing - the amount could go as high as $815 million.
9/11 Health Deal Gets OK
– The Wall Street Journal
(November 20, 2010) More than 95% of Ground Zero workers agreed to accept a settlement of long-running litigation over respiratory diseases and other injuries suffered in recovery operations following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
Deal settles most lawsuits over WTC toxic dust
– The Associated Press (AP)
(November 19, 2010) A deal reached by New York City and workers exposed to toxic dust that blanketed ground zero after Sept. 11 will resolve an overwhelming majority of the lawsuits over the city's failure to provide protective equipment to the responders. Read more…
Ground Zero workers exposed to toxic dust take pay deal
(November 19, 2010) Thousands of workers exposed to toxic dust after the 2001 terror attacks in New York have accepted a legal settlement and ceased litigation. Read more…
Lawyers: Sickened 9/11 Workers Reach Settlement Deal With City
(November 19, 2010) By Friday, more than 10,000 people who became ill from working conditions at the World Trade Center site following the September 11th terrorist attacks had accepted a settlement deal with the city. Read more…
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Unfortunately, health officials do not yet know the full extent of the exposure to these dangerous materials, these exposures may lead to a variety of serious disorders, including but not limited to, occupational asthma ("WTC Cough"), chronic bronchitis, asbestosis, mesothelioma, silicosis, emphysema and various cancers. Clearly, many of the health disorders that have resulted from this exposure to hazardous materials have the greatest effect on the lungs. Below are just some of the disorders and their associated symptoms. If you believe that you may have one of these disorders as a result of working around Ground Zero, please see your doctor immediately.
Obstructive Airway Disease, also known as Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is actually the name given to a family of respiratory diseases, which include among others, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
The primary symptoms are shortness of breath, wheezing, and persistent coughing that may produce mucus or phlegm. Further, there may be a decrease in the amount of oxygen the lungs can absorb, leading to a bluish discoloration of the extremities, primarily in the fingertips and lips.
Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS) is a type of occupational asthma. It is defined by the fact that there is no latency period from the time of exposure and inhalation of irritating substances to the time the asthma develops. If symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or wheezing appear within 24 hours, this irritant-induced asthma is classified as RADS. RADS is NOT an allergic type of asthma. We do not yet know which specific substances cause RADS, but it is typically associated with exposure to gases, fumes, smoke, or vapors with toxins in high concentrations.
Sarcoidosis is an inflammation in the body that produces tiny lumps, also called granulomas. These small lumps by themselves may be harmless and are virtually undetectable, however when these granulomas clump together they can form larger groups of lumps. When these groups of lumps form on an organ, they can affect its performance. The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. Typically it develops first in the lungs or lymph nodes.
Asbestosis is considered an occupational lung disease because it is caused by a heavy exposure to asbestos.
Asbestosis is caused when inhalation of asbestos fibers permanently scars the tissue of the lungs. When these tissues get scarred, the effectiveness of the lungs is reduced and their ability to absorb oxygen is reduced. As a result, the primary symptom is a chronic shortness of breath. Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment that will cure asbestosis.
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