WTC Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claims
SOUTH OF HOUSTON ST
$400+ MILLION RECOVERED
FOR OUR CLIENTS
$1.3 Million Pulmonary Fibrosis
Secured for a union operating engineer who worked in Lower Manhattan and suffers from a disabling Interstitial Lung Disease
$1+ Million Nasal Cancer
Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of a Two Bridges area resident who lived in Lower Manhattan and died from 9/11 nasopharyngeal cancer
$1+ Million Prostate Cancer
Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of an area resident and worker at a university in Lower Manhattan
$1.1 Million Pancreatic Cancer
Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of an NYPD Detective who worked at Ground Zero and the Fresh Kills Landfill
$1.1 Million Lung Cancer
Secured for a private sanitation worker who loaded and unloaded garbage trucks at Ground Zero containing 9/11 toxic debris
$1.1 Million Nasal Cancer
Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of a Lower Manhattan resident and worker who died from 9/11 nasopharyngeal cancer
9/11 Lawyers Fighting For Our Neighbors
Founded by lawyers with roots in Little Italy, Pitta & Baione LLP is dedicated to fighting for New Yorkers who are still suffering the consequences of simply living and working south of Houston Street in the months after 9/11. Our neighbors were lied to and told the air was safe to breathe, and now they’re battling cancer and other serious illnesses because of it. We don’t think that’s right. Our 9/11 lawyers fight every day to ensure that justice is served and ALL of 9/11’s victims are properly compensated for the harm they suffered.
The Government Lied to You.
We Fight For You.
After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government reassured us that the air in our communities was safe to breathe. We know now that this was not true. The dust that coated lower Manhattan contained asbestos, metals, glass fibers, lead, cement and other harmful materials. Those who worked, lived, or went to school south of Houston St. in the months that followed the World Trade Center collapse are now suffering high rates of cancer and other health conditions.
In 2010, Congress passed the Zadroga Act to provide free healthcare and financial compensation for those who suffer from 9/11-related health conditions. The Zadroga Act created the Victim Compensation Fund (9/11 VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), both of which are funded through 2090.
What Was in the 9/11 Dust?
The air was not safe to breathe
If inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Lead, believed to be from the tower’s electric cables, was found in the dust. Lead exposure can cause damage to the brain and central nervous system.
Electrical transformers, electrical equipment, and plastics released PCBs when the Towers burned. PCB exposure can affect the thyroid, liver, reproductive function, and more.
Shattered glass from the more than 43,000 windows in the Twin Towers were found in the dust.
High levels of exposure to gypsum may cause respiratory issues and other health effects. Dust samples found that 80-90% of the particles were gypsum (from the Towers’ drywall), concrete, and synthetic fibers.
9/11 Lawyers Fighting For Our Neighbors
Pitta & Baione LLP is among the most knowledgeable and well-connected of any 9/11 law firm. We know how to cut through red tape to get our clients help, and our successes reflects that. Before programs like the Victims Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program existed, our lawyers were lobbying Congress to establish 9/11 benefits programs. When funding for the Victim Compensation Fund was threatened, Pitta & Baione LLP was in D.C. again fighting for the program’s extension. Helping 9/11 victims and their families isn’t our business—it’s our calling.
Were you there?
- Ground Zero
- Goldman Sachs
- J.P. Morgan
- Stock Exchanges
- Battery Park
- Fulton Fish Market
- Pace University
- City Hall
- Borough of Manhattan Community College
- Baruch Community Center
- East River Housing Corporation
A Voice for 9/11 Survivors and Their Families
Our work doesn’t end after we help a 9/11 survivor recover compensation. We do whatever it takes to help improve our clients’ lives for the better, regardless of whether or not it pertains to the specific claim at hand. Whether that means helping to enroll them in the WTC health program or changing laws to ensure the 9/11 community is protected now and well into the future, we’ll do it. We know how to cut through red tape and lobby Congress to get our clients help, and our success reflects that.
RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
Our Fight Extends From the Courtroom to the Capitol
Pitta & Baione, LLP knows more than just the laws that affect 9/11 survivors. We also know the local organizations and power players that help write and enforce them. Our founders have been named to New York City and State’s Power list multiple times, and have been recognized among NYC’s top lobbyists. For us, practicing law is just one tool in our arsenal to get our neighbors help.