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Lawyer Salutes All Responsible for Passing Zadroga Compensation Act

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Many victims and/or their families have been calling today to find out if they are eligible for compensation and health benefits under the new Zadroga 9/11 Compensation Act. Here is the text of the final Zadroga bill passed by the Senate yesterday which will now go to President Obama to sign. Our Zadroga Act lawyers are currently studying the final version and will be providing further analysis and interpretation in the near future. A careful reading of this bill is the starting point for all who may want to check their eligibility.

Some of the medical conditions for survivors in the Zadroga 9/11 Act that will be covered are listed below: 

    `(b) List of WTC-Related Health  Conditions for Survivors– The list of health conditions for screening-eligible WTC survivors and certified-eligible WTC survivors consists of the following: 

    `(1) AERODIGESTIVE DISORDERS– 

    `(A) Interstitial lung diseases. `(B) Chronic respiratory disorder–fumes/vapors. `(C) Asthma. `(D) Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS). `(E) WTC-exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). `(F) Chronic cough syndrome. `(G) Upper airway hyperreactivity. `(H) Chronic rhinosinusitis. `(I) Chronic nasopharyngitis. `(J) Chronic laryngitis. `(K) Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). `(L) Sleep apnea exacerbated by or related to a condition described in a previous clause. 

`(2) MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

    `(A) Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). `(B) Major depressive disorder. `(C) Panic disorder. `(D) Generalized anxiety disorder. `(E) Anxiety disorder (not otherwise specified). `(F) Depression (not otherwise specified).`(G) Acute stress disorder.`(H) Dysthymic disorder. `(I) Adjustment disorder. `(J) Substance abuse. 

`(3) ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS- Any cancer (or type of cancer) or other condition added to the list in section 3312(a)(3) pursuant to paragraph (5) or (6) of section 3312(a), as such provisions are applied under subsection (a) with respect to certified-eligible WTC survivors.

 

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