The James Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund may run out of money before it can satisfy all the claims of 9/11 victims and first responders, many of whom ended up with cancer from inhaling dust at the site.
Some are hoping that the fund will be reauthorized once it pays out the $7.37 billion or after December 2020, when it is supposed to end. It had a record 20,000 new claims in 2018 and 4,800 in January 2019 alone, according to the Washington Times.
Currently, rewards are being cut from $250,00 for life-threatening cancers to $125,000 to try to satisfy claims. A new bill would extend funding through 2090 to cover all cases of cancer arising from the terror attacks on that day.
Michael Barasch, a New York injury attorney, pointed out that cancer doesn’t strike everyone the same and that those being diagnosed now shouldn’t get less than others who got it earlier on.
The fund was established because the government had falsely reassured the public that the air was clean right after the 9/11 attacks. This means that some were exposed to the toxic dust through no fault of their own.
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