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I highly recommend Pitta Baione law firm. Matthew and Chris are prompt to return calls, extremely professional, diligent, attentive and compassionate. They listen to your concerns and don't stop working on your behalf until they get results.

Linda Grandstaff

From our initial phone call, we felt extremely confident in Pitta & Baione. handling our 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim. Their expertise and familiarity with the 9/11 VCF claims process was evident in all that they did to help us with all aspects of our claim. We consistently felt their commitment to us and we continue to consider them a valued and trusted source of support.

Dawn Tauber

The attorneys in this firm were understanding, compassionate, took the time to explain everything that was needed. They kept me up-to-date with the progress of my case and did everything possible to expedite it to a successful conclusion. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who needed the assistance that I did

Robert Crook

Professional, Excellent, Caring and Distinguished Attorneys and Staff who make every client special. Always striving and determined to accomplish a positive end result. They continually keep everyone up to date with the progress and reports about a clients case. An exceptional and considerate firm. I continually refer friends and family as well as anyone looking for a great group. Thank you for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated.

George Kvocka

Matthew and his brother Chris helped me get a settlement so quickly it took my breath away! They were both not only professional and knowledgeable, but they took the time to actually talk to me and get to know me, I didn't feel like just another client, but family. They helped expedite my settlement in record time, when I needed it most!

Leslie Tarver

Christopher Baione is the Partner at the firm who assisted me with my legal needs. During a very difficult time in my life he was very patient, listened to my concerns, always had time to answer my questions and was available via phone or email. I hope to not need to call him again, but if I do, he will be the attorney I will be visiting. Excellent attorney. 5 stars from me

Carmen Fiallo

I thank you for your amazing services, very professional, dad and I were very pleased... we appreciate Mr Matthew Baione very much and staff... we need good people like them to have a better world.


The firm is very professional, in particular the two Baione brothers. The staff that I had and conversations with were pleasant and very cordial. Most of all I was never confused on what was needed from me regarding my case. They have worked as speedy as I could have wished in helping me with my case. Good Group keep up the good work.

John Bucalo

My wife tells me that we were rejected by two other law firms because they felt there was no case.than she found the Baione brothers.not only did they take the case,held our hands the whole time but got us the maximum we hoped to receive


Pitta & Baione Successful Claims

$3+ Million

Breast Cancer
$3+ Million Breast Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a former Lower Manhattan corporate executive who developed 9/11 breast cancer.

$1.95+ Million

Brain Cancer
$1.95+ Million Brain Cancer

Favorable result secured for an NYPD detective who responded to the attacks and later suffered from 9/11 brain cancer.

$1.76+ Million

Lung Cancer
$1.76+ Million Lung Cancer

Secured a wrongful death claim on behalf of a union carpenter who worked on the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 lung cancer.

$1.65+ Million

Thyroid Cancer
$1.65+ Million Thyroid Cancer

Secured a favorable result for an area worker in Lower Manhattan who later developed 9/11 thyroid cancer.

$1.7+ Million

Brain Cancer
$1.7+ Million Brain Cancer

Secured an expedited award for New York State Supreme Court employee who was disabled by 9/11 brain cancer.

$1.3+ Million

$1.3+ Million Leukemia

Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of a Lower Manhattan corporate executive who was diagnosed with 9/11 leukemia.

$1.1+ Million

Lung Cancer
$1.1+ Million Lung Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a union carpenter who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and was later found disabled by 9/11 lung cancer.

$1.1+ Million

Lung Disease
$1.1+ Million Lung Disease

Secured an expedited award for a Local 94 operating engineer who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and was later found disabled by 9/11 lung disease.

$1+ Million

Nasal Cavity Cancer
$1+ Million Nasal Cavity Cancer

Secured an xpedited award for a DSNY sanitation worker who assisted in the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 nasal cavity cancer.

$1+ Million

Brain Cancer
$1+ Million Brain Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a New York City Department of Corrections corrections officer who served as a volunteer responder on 9/11 and later developed a disabling and rare 9/11 brain cancer.

$960K+ Thousand

Lung Cancer
$960K+ Thousand Lung Cancer

Secured a favorable result for a wrongful death claim on behalf of a TWU Local 100 MTA worker who participated in the 9/11 recovery efforts and later developed 9/11 lung cancer.

$770K+ Thousand

Colon Cancer
$770K+ Thousand Colon Cancer

Successfully represented an union carpenter who built temporary structures at Ground Zero as a 9/11 responder and later developed disabling 9/11 colon cancer.

View More Successful Claims

In the last 20 years, tens of thousands have filed either a 911 cancer claim or a claim connected to another illness with the Zadroga Act’s two programs: the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Some people who were affected are just beginning to show symptoms of illness, and some will not develop symptoms for years to come.

Dozens of Cancers are Eligible for a VCF Cancer Award 

In the 20 years since nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, tens of thousands of others have become seriously ill from the toxic environment that shrouded the area in the weeks and months that followed.

Almost 70 types of cancer have been linked to 9/11, most thought to be the result of area business owners and workers, residents, students, first responders, and others breathing in air contaminated with the residue of building materials, microscopic shards of glass, and asbestos for months after the attacks.

911 Cancer Claim Filings on the Rise

Thousands have filed a 911 cancer claim after being diagnosed with everything from skin cancer to bone, breast, and mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer. In fact, medical experts are anticipating an uptick in 911 cancer claims and other illnesses that come from exposure to asbestos and other longer acting toxins that can take years and even decades to manifest illness in a person’s body.

Each month new Zadroga Act claimants come forward, either because they have gotten sick themselves, they have a relative who died from a 9/11 illness, or they know that they need to protect their rights in case they become ill. Medical experts are seeing an uptick in asbestos-related diseases, as it takes longer for symptoms to manifest. Some of the most devastating and widespread types of illnesses connected to September 11, that often receive a VCF cancer award, include:

Unfortunately, not all illnesses resulting from the events of September 11 have been recognized as eligible for either treatment through the World Trade Center Health Program or compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, but it is possible for new conditions to be added. For example, studies are underway to determine if cardiovascular diseases and neuropathy could be linked to 9/11 toxic dust exposure. The CDC provided the following, comprehensive list of possible cancers and illnesses, which includes illnesses not listed above. If you believe you have a claim for any of the illnesses below and are eligible for the 911 cancer fund or a VCF cancer award, please give us a call. 

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 hyperreactivity
  • WTC-exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • New onset chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


Childhood Cancers

Any type of cancer diagnosed in a person less than 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
Lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue, other specified
Lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue, unspecified
Malignant histiocytosis
Malignant mast cell tumor
Multifocal and multisystemic (disseminated) Langerhans-cell histiocytosis
True histiocytic lymphoma
Other and unspecified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
B-cell lymphoma, unspecified
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 panmyelosis
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

Ascending colon
Colon, unspecified
Descending colon
Hepatic flexure
Overlapping lesion of colon
Sigmoid colon
Splenic flexure
Transverse colon
Abdominal part Cervical part
Esophagus, unspecified
Lower third
Middle third
Overlapping lesion
Thoracic part
Upper third
Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
Angiosarcoma of liver
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
Retroperitoneum and peritoneum
Overlapping lesion
Peritoneum, unspecified
Specified parts of peritoneum
Body Cardia
Greater curvature, unspecified
Lesser curvature, unspecified
Overlapping lesion
Pyloric antrum
Stomach, unspecified

Eye and Orbit

Eye and Adnexa
Ciliary body
Eye, unspecified
Lacrimal gland and duct
Overlapping lesion

Female 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


Head and Neck

Accessory sinuses
Accessory, unspecified
Overlapping lesion
Base of tongue
Floor of mouth
Anterior Floor, unspecified
Overlapping lesion
Gum, unspecified
Aryepiglottic fold, hypopharyngeal aspect
Hypopharynx, unspecified
Overlapping lesion
Postcricoid region
Posterior wall
Laryngeal cartilage
Larynx, unspecified
Overlapping lesion
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
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
Other and unspecified parts of the tongue
Anterior two-thirds, part unspecified
Dorsal surface
Lingual tonsil
Overlapping lesion
Tongue, unspecified
Ventral surface
Anterior surface of epiglottis
Branchial cleft
Lateral wall
Oropharynx, unspecified
Overlapping lesion
Posterior wall
Hard palate Overlapping lesion
Palate, unspecified
Soft palate
Parotid gland
Piriform sinus
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
Mediastinum, part unspecified
Overlapping lesion
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

Skin (Melanoma and non-Melanoma)

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

Soft Tissue

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


Thyroid gland

Urinary System

Anterior wall Bladder neck
Bladder, unspecified
Lateral wall
Overlapping lesion
Posterior wall
Ureteric orifice
Other and unspecified urinary organs
Overlapping lesion
Paraurethral gland
Urinary organ, unspecified
Renal pelvis


Other sites

Rare Cancers

Any type of cancer that occurs in less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year (called the “incidence rate”) based on data from 2005-2009 as referenced in Copeland et al., Cancer in North America: 2005-2009 average annual data, are considered rare cancers.

  • Malignant neoplasms of the—
    • 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, including myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms, myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms, and myeloid malignancies associated with eosinophilia and abnormalities of growth factor receptors derived from platelets or fibroblasts

The WTC Health Program has developed a Policy and Procedure document for Rare Cancers that defines the list above. If, however, you believe that you have a 9/11 cancer claim, give our firm call and schedule a consultation. 

Mental Health Conditions

  • 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

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Note: Only WTC Responders are eligible to be certified for musculoskelatal disorders. The disorder must be related to your 9/11 work and you must have proof that you received medical care for the injury before September 11, 2003.

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

If you feel you have a right to file a 911 cancer claim or a claim for another illness, or if your former claim has been denied, the attorneys at Pitta and Baione can help. 

Contact Us To Help File Your VCF 911 Cancer Claim or Other Illness Claim, Appeal or Amendment

The 9/11 attorneys at Pitta and Baione can help you file your September 11th Victim Compensation Fund claim, appeal or amendment.

Even if you have not yet been diagnosed with an illness, If you meet the eligibility criteria, we recommend that you initiate a claim now. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has been increased by over $10 billion and has been extended to 2090. 911 cancer claims are processed on a first come, first served basis, so securing your place now to receive future compensation from a VCF cancer award makes sense, especially given the fact that many diseases and disorders can take decades to reveal themselves.

To learn more, contact us at 844-982-2667 for a free consultation today.

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