Dennis Kenny Law
Menu Contact
View Our Practice Areas

Ground Zero illnesses show complexity of toxic exposure cases

Earlier this month, New Yorkers looked back on the anniversary of September 11. Over the course of this month, we have seen several news stories linking the first responders and other people who worked at the site of the World Trade Center in the days that followed September 11 with nearly 60 types of cancer.

News reports indicate that about 1,100 individuals may have been impacted by cancer due to toxic exposure at Ground Zero. Initially, administrators for the World Trade Center Health Program did not believe that cancer was linked to the World Trade Center site, and workers affected by illness had little help. However, a 2011 study found that firefighters working there had an increased risk of getting cancer at a rate of about 19 percent higher than other people. 

Since that time, 1,100 people who worked at or near ground zero have been certified to receive cancer treatment.

It is good news that Ground Zero workers are getting the help they deserve, but this story demonstrates a few of the incredibly complex issues that workers face when they are exposed to chemical hazards in the workplace. First, unlike a back injury or broken bone, it can take years to detect the harm caused by toxic exposure. In addition, the extent of the harm can be very difficult to ascertain in chemical exposure cases. As a result, the exact nature of treatment that an injured worker needs may be unknown for some time.

Significantly, cases involving workplace illnesses caused by toxic exposure often involve very complicated scientific and medical questions that need to be answered in order to connect the toxic exposure to the symptoms the worker is experiencing.

Source: UPI, "1,100 to get cancer care under WTC Health Program," Sept. 12, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Our Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Newburgh Office: Main Office
288 North Plank Road
Newburgh, NY 12550

Toll Free: 888-312-5516
Phone: 845-764-4494
Newburgh Law Office Map

Poughkeepsie Office
3344 U.S. 9, 1st Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Toll Free: 888-312-5516
Phone: 845-764-4494
Poughkeepsie Law Office Map

Goshen Office
55 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924

Toll Free: 888-312-5516
Phone: 845-764-4494
Goshen Law Office Map

Kingston Office
303 Clinton Avenue, 2nd Floor
Kingston, NY 12401

Toll Free: 888-312-5516
Phone: 845-764-4494
Kingston Law Office Map

Albany Office
18 Computer Drive West
Albany, NY 12208

Toll Free: 888-312-5516
Phone: 845-764-4494
Albany Law Office Map