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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

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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, respectful...my 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.

Anonymous

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

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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

Leukemia
$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.

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Asthma & COPD in September 11th Survivors

The attack on the World Trade Center filled the New York City sky with a cloud of dust of contaminants and polluted the air. Survivors spent months exposed to toxins in the air that made it difficult to breathe. If you or a loved one suffers from respiratory illnesses related to exposure from 9/11, especially asthma or COPD claims, contact the law firm of Pitta & Baione to discuss your potential benefits under the Victim Compensation Fund.

Common Respiratory Illnesses in 9/11 Survivors 

Respiratory illnesses are a common medical concern. Some respiratory illnesses are the result of viruses or bacteria spread from person to person, and others are aggravated by environmental conditions. Some conditions are recurring, which means they happen over and over again. Other conditions are chronic, which means they never really go away. In addition to respiratory illnesses, there are many cancers eligible for benefits under the Victim Compensation Fund, including cancers of the respiratory system. 

Listed below are some respiratory illnesses and cancers that 9/11 survivors may suffer from:

Chronic Bronchitis 

Bronchitis is an illness of inflamed air passageways in the lungs. Bronchitis can be a short-term or long-term illness. The inflammation associated with bronchitis can be caused by dust, allergens, or other toxins in the 9/11 dust cloud. 

Chronic Pneumonia 

Pneumonia is a respiratory illness caused by either a virus or bacteria. Often, another underlying illness will cause pneumonia to develop in the body, so multiple illnesses will need to be treated to relieve symptoms. Common symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing, muscle ache, headache, and fatigue. Pneumonia viruses are contagious and can transmit easily in crowded areas. 

9/11 Asthma Claims 

Asthma comes in many varieties. Most commonly, asthma symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing. Asthma can be related to allergies and other non-critical conditions. Sometimes irritants such as chemicals and dust can cause asthma to develop or make current asthma worse. Working around these irritants when asthma develops or worsens may qualify this asthma as occupational asthma. September 11th rescue and recovery workers were certainly exposed to chemicals, dust, and toxins during recovery efforts that may have resulted in occupational asthma. Thus, those with a 9/11 asthma claim should strongly consider contacting our law firm. 

Our Attorneys Also Fight for Those with 9/11 COPD Claims 

Many people suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). September 11th survivors were exposed to elements contributing to COPD, like smoke, fire, fumes, and contaminated air during and after the World Trade Center attacks. COPD has a number of common symptoms, but they do not resolve easily or for long, which is why this is a chronic condition. Symptoms of COPD include:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Additional infections and illnesses of the respiratory system
  • Additional illnesses and conditions impacting other organs and body systems due to not enough oxygen getting through the body.

As a result of COPD, many people experience a reduced ability to care for themselves as the disease progresses due to fatigue and mobility issues. Exercise is recommended for COPD sufferers, but many cannot exercise as planned due to breathing problems. Many 9/11 COPD patients are put on oxygen and receive medication to help with breathing, restore oxygen to the body, and relieve discomfort when possible.

Infections of the Respiratory Tract

Respiratory tract infections can be viral or bacterial in nature. These infections are categorized based on the location within the respiratory tract, either the upper respiratory tract or lower respiratory tract. Symptoms of respiratory tract infections include difficulty breathing, congestion, body aches, and fatigue, in addition to coughing. Respiratory infections can develop from other illnesses, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and common colds. People with weakened immune systems, lung disease, or heart disease are more susceptible to respiratory tract infections.

Complications of Respiratory Conditions

Respiratory illnesses affect a person’s ability to breathe, which can lead to additional health complications. These complications include respiratory arrest, in which the lungs stop functioning; respiratory failure, which increases the carbon dioxide in the blood due to lungs not functioning correctly, so that there is not enough oxygen in the blood; and congestive heart failure.

Treatment for Respiratory Illnesses such as Asthma or COPD

Treatments for respiratory illnesses depend on the type of illness and the symptoms of the patient. If the patient has recurring bacterial infections in the respiratory tract, antibiotics may be prescribed to kill the infection, but a virus does not respond to antibiotics. Rather, treatment of symptoms may be more appropriate. 

Many people with breathing issues that are associated with respiratory illness will be prescribed an inhaler, or anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation in the lungs and airways to allow air to pass more easily. Some patients may need supplemental oxygen to ensure their body is getting enough to support function.

Reducing exposure to irritants may help some people avoid respiratory illnesses. Avoiding smoke, dust, and other environmental or occupational risk factors for respiratory illness can help prevent a worsening of chronic conditions, or development of new conditions due to already weakened respiratory systems. Some 9/11 survivors require continual monitoring of their respiratory illness and must take care to isolate when there are other diseases being spread so they do not suffer a more severe respiratory illness as a complication of their current illness.

Contact a September 11th Attorney to Discuss Your Eligibility for 9/11 Asthma or 9/11 COPD Claim 

If you or a loved one suffer from a respiratory illness such as asthma or COPD  related to exposure from September 11th, contact a 9/11 attorney at Pitta & Baione by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-982-2667.

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