Zadroga Act Injuries and Illnesses Covered

Injuries and Illnesses Covered

Because of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, you or a loved one may be eligible for compensation for past and future lost wages if you or your loved one were physical injured or developed an illness as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Zadroga Act September 11th Victim Compensation Fund provides for compensation for injuries directly related to these attacks, or illnesses stemming from prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals at the crash sites.

Here’s a list of conditions recognized as being caused by exposure to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Please note: Although the VCF is not a health-treatment program, the Zadroga Act also created the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides treatment and monitoring of these conditions, as well as mental health conditions caused by these attacks. (To avoid confusion when you’re filing a claim related to the VCF, we’ve listed the mental health conditions for which you can apply for treatment and monitoring with the WTC Health Program under a separate heading at the bottom of this page.)

Acute Traumatic Injury

  • Burn
  • Complex sprain
  • Eye injury
  • Fracture
  • Head trauma
  • Other similar acute traumatic injuries
  • Tendon tear

Aerodigestive Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough syndrome
  • Chronic laryngitis
  • Chronic nasopharyngitis
  • Chronic respiratory disorder due to fumes/vapors
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
  • Sleep apnea exacerbated by or related to another condition in the list of aerodigestive disorders
  • Upper airway hyper-reactivity
  • WTC-exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Cancers

Childhood Cancers

Any type of cancer diagnosed in a person under 20 years of age.

Malignant Neoplasms

Blood and Lymphoid Tissue (including, but not limited to, lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma)

  • Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Burkitt’s tumor
    • Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma, unspecified
    • lmmunoblastic (diffuse)
    • Large cell (diffuse)
    • Lymphoblastic (diffuse)
    • Mixed small and large cell (diffuse)
    • Other types of diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Small cell (diffuse)
    • Small cleaved cell (diffuse)
    • Undifferentiated (diffuse)
  • Follicular (nodular) non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Follicular non-Hodgkin
    • lymphoma, unspecified
    • Large cell, follicular
    • Mixed small cleaved and large cell, follicular
    • Other types of follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Small cleaved cell, follicular
  • Hodgkin’s disease
    • Hodgkin’s disease, unspecified
    • Lymphocytic depletion
    • Lymphocytic predominance
    • Mixed cellularity
    • Nodular sclerosis
    • Other Hodgkin’s disease
  • Leukemia of unspecified cell type
    • Acute leukemia of unspecified cell type
    • Chronic leukemia of unspecified cell type
    • Leukemia, unspecified
    • Other leukemia of unspecified cell type
    • Subacute leukemia of unspecified cell type
  • Lymphoid leukemia
    • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
    • Adult T-cell leukemia
    • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
    • Hairy-cell leukemia
    • Lymphoid leukemia, unspecified
    • Other lymphoid leukemia
    • Prolymphocytic leukemia
    • Subacute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Malignant immunoproliferative diseases
    • Alpha heavy chain disease
    • Gamma heavy chain disease
    • lmmunoproliferative small intestinal disease
    • Malignant immunoproliferative disease, unspecified
    • Other malignant immunoproliferative diseases
    • Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
  • Monocytic leukemia
    • Acute monocytic leukemia
    • Chronic monocytic leukemia
    • Monocytic leukemia, unspecified
    • Other monocytic leukemia
    • Subacute monocytic leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma and malignant plasma cell neoplasms
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Plasma cell leukemia
    • Plasmacytoma, extramedullary
  • Myeloid leukemia
    • Acute myeloid leukemia
    • Acute myelomonocytic leukemia
    • Acute promyelocytic leukemia
    • Chronic myeloid leukemia
    • Myeloid leukemia, other
    • Myeloid leukemia, unspecified
    • Myeloid sarcoma
    • Subacute myeloid leukemia
  • Other and unspecified lymphoid, hematopoietic, and related tissue
    • Letterer-Siwe disease
    • Lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue, other specified
    • Lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue, unspecified
    • Malignant histiocytosis
    • Malignant mast cell tumor
    • True histiocytic lymphoma
  • Other and unspecified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • B-cell lymphoma, unspecified
    • Lymphosarcoma
    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, other unspecified
    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, unspecified type
  • Other leukemias of specified cell type
    • Acute erythremia and erythroleukemia
    • Acute megakaryoblastic leukemia
    • Acute myelofibrosis
    • Acute pan myelosis
    • Chronic erythremia
    • Leukemias, others specified
    • Mast cell leukemia
  • Peripheral and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
    • Lymphoepithelioid lymphoma
    • Mycosis fungoides
    • Peripheral T-cell lymphomas
    • Sezary’s disease
    • T-cell lymphomas, other and unspecified
    • T-zone lymphoma

Digestive System

  • Colon
    • Appendix
    • Ascending colon
    • Caecum
    • Colon, unspecified
    • Descending colon
    • Hepatic flexure
    • Overlapping lesion of colon
    • Sigmoid colon
    • Splenic flexure
    • Transverse colon
  • Esophagus
    • Abdominal part, cervical part
    • Esophagus, unspecified
    • Lower third
    • Middle third
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Thoracic part
    • Upper third
  • Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
    • Angiosarcoma of liver
    • Hepatoblastoma
    • Intrahepatic bile duct carcinoma
    • Liver, unspecified
    • Liver cell carcinoma
    • Other sarcomas of liver
    • Other specified carcinomas of liver
  • Other and ill-defined digestive organs
    • Ill-defined sites within the digestive system
    • Intestinal tract, part unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion of digestive system
  • Rectosignoid junction
  • Rectum
  • Retroperitoneum and peritoneum
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Peritoneum, unspecified
    • Retroperitoneum
    • Specified parts of peritoneum
  • Stomach
    • Body Cardia
    • Fundus
    • Greater curvature, unspecified
    • Lesser curvature, unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Pyloric antrum
    • Pylorus
    • Stomach, unspecified

Eye and Orbit

  • Eye and Adnexa
    • Choroid
    • Ciliary body
    • Conjunctiva
    • Cornea
    • Eye, unspecified
    • Lacrimal gland and duct
    • Orbit
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Retina

Female Breast

  • Breast
    • Auxiliary-tail Breast, unspecified
    • Central portion
    • Lower-inner quadrant
    • Lower-outer quadrant
    • Nipple and areola
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Upper-inner quadrant
    • Upper-outer quadrant

Female Reproductive Organs

  • Ovary

Head and Neck

  • Accessory sinuses
    • Accessory, unspecified
    • Ethmoidal
    • Frontal
    • Maxillary
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Sphenoidal
  • Base of tongue
  • Floor of mouth
    • Anterior Floor, unspecified
    • Lateral
    • Overlapping lesion
  • Gum
    • Gum, unspecified
    • Lower
    • Upper
  • Hypopharynx
    • Aryepiglottic fold, hypopharyngeal aspect
    • Hypopharynx, unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Postcricoid region
    • Posterior wall
  • Larynx
    • Glottis
    • Laryngeal cartilage
    • Larynx, unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Subglottis
    • Supraglottis
  • Lip
    • Commissure
    • External lip, unspecified
    • External lower lip
    • External upper lip
    • Lip, unspecified
    • Lip, unspecified, inner aspect
    • Lower lip, inner aspect
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Upper lip, inner aspect
    • Nasal cavity
  • Nasopharynx
    • Anterior wall
    • Lateral wall
    • Nasopharynx, unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Posterior wall
    • Superior wall
  • Other and ill-defined conditions in the lip, oral cavity, and pharynx
    • Overlapping lesion of lip, oral cavity, and pharynx
    • Pharynx, unspecified
    • Waldeyer’s ring
  • Other and unspecified major salivary glands
    • Major salivary gland, unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Sublingual gland
    • Submandibular gland
  • Other and unspecified part of the mouth
    • Cheek mucosa
    • Mouth, unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Retromolar area
    • Vestibule
  • Other and unspecified parts of the tongue
    • Anterior two-thirds, part unspecified
    • Border
    • Dorsal surface
    • Lingual tonsil
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Tongue, unspecified
    • Ventral surface
  • Oropharynx
    • Anterior surface of epiglottis
    • Branchial cleft
    • Lateral wall
    • Oropharynx, unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Posterior wall
    • Vallecula
  • Palate
    • Hard palate, Overlapping lesion
    • Palate, unspecified
    • Soft palate
    • Uvula
  • Parotid gland
  • Piriform sinus
  •  Tonsil
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Tonsil, unspecified
    • Tonsillar fossa
    • Tonsillar pillar (anterior/posterior)
    • Respiratory System
  • Bronchus and lung
    • Bronchus or lung, unspecified
    • Lower lobe, bronchus or lung
    • Main bronchus
    • Middle lobe, bronchus or lung
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Upper lobe, bronchus or lung
  • Heart, mediastinum, and pleura
    • Anterior mediastinum
    • Heart
    • Mediastinum, part unspecified
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Pleura
    • Posterior mediastinum
  • Other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
    • Ill-defined sites within the respiratory system
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Upper respiratory tract, part unspecified
    • Trachea

Skin (Melanoma and non-Melanoma)

  • Malignant melanoma of skin
    • Ear and external auricular canal
    • Eyelid, including canthus
    • Lip
    • Lower limb, including hip
    • Other and unspecified parts of face
    • Overlapping malignant melanoma of skin
    • Scalp and neck
    • Skin, unspecified
    • Trunk
    • Upper limb, including shoulder
  • Other malignant neoplasms of skin
    • Ear and external auricular canal
    • Eyelid, including canthus
    • Lip
    • Lower limb, including hip
    • Other and unspecified parts of face
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Scalp and neck
    • Skin, unspecified
    • Trunk
    • Upper limb, including shoulder
    • Scrotum

Soft Tissue

  • Other connective and soft tissue
    • Abdomen
    • Head, face, and neck
    • Lower limb, including hip
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Pelvis
    • Thorax
    • Trunk, unspecified
    • Unspecified
    • Upper limb, including shoulder
  • Peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
    • Abdomen
    • Head, face, and neck
    • Lower limb, including hip
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Pelvis
    • Thorax
    • Trunk, unspecified
    • Unspecified
    • Upper limb, including shoulder

Thyroid

  • Thyroid gland

Urinary System

  • Bladder
    • Anterior wall Bladder neck
    • Bladder, unspecified
    • Dome
    • Lateral wall
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Posterior wall
    • Trigone
    • Urachus
    • Ureteric orifice
  • Kidney
  • Other and unspecified urinary organs
    • Overlapping lesion
    • Paraurethral gland
    • Urethra
    • Urinary organ, unspecified
  • Prostate
  • Renal pelvis
  • Ureter

Mesothelioma

  • Mesothelioma
    • Other sites
    • Pericardium
    • Peritoneum
    • Pleura
    • Unspecified

Rare Cancers

These are defined as any type of cancer that data has shown occurs in less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year. These cancers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Malignant neoplasms
    • Adrenal gland and other endocrine glands and related structures
    • Anus and anal canal
    • Bone and articular cartilage
    • Breast among men
    • Gallbladder and other parts of biliary tract
    • Meninges, brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, and other parts of central nervous system
    • Pancreas
    • Penis and testis
    • Placenta
    • Small intestine
    • Thymus
    • Vulva, vagina, and cervix uteri (invasive only)
  • Malignant neuroendocrine neoplasm, including carcinoid tumors
  • Myeloid neoplasms
    • Myelodysplastic syndromes
    • Myeloproliferative neoplasms
    • Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms
    • Myeloid malignancies associated with eosinophilia and abnormalities of growth factor receptors derived from platelets or fibroblasts

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Please note: This category applies only to first responders and cleanup workers at the crash sites. The disorder must be related to your or your loved one’s 9/11 work, and you must supply proof of receiving medical care for this particular injury before September 11, 2003.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Low back pain
  • Other musculoskeletal disorders

Mental Health Conditions

As mentioned earlier, the Zadroga Act also created the World Trade Center Health Program, which at no cost treats and monitors the above physical conditions for rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers; volunteers; and people classified as NYC survivors. The WTC Health Program also treats and monitors the following 9/11-related mental conditions at no cost for those who qualify.

  • Acute stress disorder
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Anxiety disorder (not otherwise specified)
  • Depression (not otherwise specified)
  • Dysthymic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse

How We Can Help

The Marcowitz Law Firm understands this might be a lot of information to process, especially when you or a loved one is concerned about one’s health. We’re dedicated to representing with compassion people who have been injured by toxic exposures to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath — and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Please call us or contact us online now.