If you were exposed to toxic dust from the World Trade Center, you may be eligible for free healthcare and financial compensation.

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.

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


Christine Todd Whitman, then 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 misled? 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 Health and Compensation Act.

9/11 was just the beginning.

One Law, Two Benefit Programs

The Zadroga Act created two distinct programs with different purposes, 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.

These shocking numbers that illustrate the devastating environmental and health effects caused by the 9/11 attacks.

responders, survivors, workers, residents, and students exposed to toxic dust and debris
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higher incidence rate of cancer among those exposed than in the general U.S. population
estimated to be diagnosed with 9/11-related cancer over the 2016-2025 period
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types of cancer covered under the Zadroga Act

Most Common 9/11 Related Cancers

Type of CancerRecorded Instances
Non-melanoma skin2986
Melanoma of skin633
Breast – Female488
Breast – Carcinoma113

Source: World Trade Center Health Program data as of  June 30, 2018


Typical September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Claim Timeline

Although each claim is unique, most claims proceed as follows:

  • 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 physical conditions

  • Eligibility

    VCF determines if claimant satisfies eligibility criteria

  • Compensation

    VCF determines amount of compensation award

  • Payment

    VCF issues full lump-sum 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 within the following categories available under the Zadroga Act.

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 medical monitoring, treatment, and medication to first-responders, survivors, and residents for physical and psychological illnesses related to 9/11-toxic dust exposure.

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You are not alone.
Throughout the United States over 87,000 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 who responded to the attacks at the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA


Those who fled the attacks or lived, worked, visited, and/or studied in the exposure area

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