If you were in Lower Manhattan, Fresh Kills Landfill, barges, morgues, or anywhere else along routes of debris removal from 9/11/01 to 5/30/02, you may be eligible for free healthcare and financial compensation.

On December 18th, 2015, the Zadroga Act was reauthorized to continue health and compensation benefits to victims of 9/11 suffering from chronic respiratory conditions, lung diseases, and cancers.

Scroll down to learn about the Zadroga Act – the multibillion dollar federal program that has been providing lifesaving benefits to 9/11 victims and their families since 2011.

9/11 was just the beginning.

“I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, DC that their air is safe to breathe”

Christine Todd Whitman, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, made this statement  just days after 9/11.  A federal judge later ruled it a “misleading statement of safety.”  Who was mislead? First-responders, survivors, and downtown residents who suffer from devastating illnesses such as 9/11-related cancers.  Nothing on earth can replace what we’ve lost, but there is life-changing free healthcare and financial compensation available under the James Zadroga 9/11 Heath and Compensation Act.

One Act, Two Benefit Programs

The Zadroga Act created two distinct programs with different budgets and eligibility criteria.

World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)

  • Free medical monitoring, treatment, and medication
  • Both psychological and physical illnesses are covered
  • Less restrictive eligibility requirements
  • Larger exposure zone
  • Fully funded until 2090

Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

  • Financial compensation for specific types of loss
  • Covers physical injuries and illnesses only (no PTSD)
  • More restrictive eligibility criteria
  • Filing deadline is December 18, 2020
  • Total available funding of over $7 billion is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis

For thousands, the attacks did not end on 9/11, but continue inside their bodies and minds.

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types of cancer covered under the Zadroga Act

Top 15 Cancers Related to 9/11 Exposure

Type of CancerRecorded Instances
Non-melanoma skin1897
Melanoma of skin435
Breast – Female263

Source: World Trade Center Health Program data as of 12/31/16

VCF Claim Process

  • Registration

    Claimants must register before their applicable deadline to preserve the right to file a claim

  • Certification of Condition(s)

    WTCHP certifies 9/11-related health conditions

  • Eligibility

    VCF determines if claimant's conditions are compensable

  • Compensation

    VCF determines amount of compensation award

  • Payment

    VCF issues full award

  • Amendments & Appeals

    The attorneys at Pitta & Baione LLP are relentless advocates skilled in preparing the necessary proof and proper projections on behalf of claimants seeking 9/11 compensation benefits. If the VCF denies our client's eligibility, or diminishes their award, we will amend the claim or appeal the award accordingly. Our firm is not a factory - we treat each client like family.

  • Certification of Condition(s)

    WTCHP certifies 9/11-related health conditions

Coverage period for financial compensation

Free healthcare has been extended until 2090, but the coverage period for economic compensation expires on December 18, 2020. Those suffering from eligible illnesses who have met registration deadlines This date is different for each claimant and depends on individual circumstances. have until this date to fully file This means all claim forms, executed attestations, and supporting documents must be submitted by 12/18/2020. a claim. Available funds are limited and awards are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Pitta & Baione LLP advocates on behalf of 9/11 victims seeking financial compensation benefits.

Pain & Suffering

Non-economic damages based on the extent of physical harm – measured by the impact on the victim’s ability to work and to conduct activities of daily living.

Replacement Services

Household services that a disabled or deceased victim provided to the household such as cleaning, cooking, child care, home maintenance, etc.

Economic Losses

Projected compensation that would have been available to the victim and the family or eligible survivors.

Medical Expenses

Past out-of-pocket medical expenses related to treatment and care of a 9/11 related illnesses may be reimbursable.

Free healthcare, treatment, and prescription medications

The World Trade Center Health Program provides free medical monitoring, treatment, and medication for physical and psychological illnesses to first-responders, survivors, and residents who satisfy certain eligibility criteria.

You are not alone. Throughout the country over 77,000 people receive health benefits under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

General Responders

The largest group, consisting of those involved in the search, rescue, recovery, security, demolition, and debris removal.

FDNY Responders

New York’s bravest: firefighters, EMS paramedics and EMTs

Pentagon/Shanksville Responders

Individuals responded to the attacks at the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.


Survivors either fled the attacks or lived, worked, or studied in the disaster area