The attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 was tragic and horrific, and we are all aware of the destruction that occurred on that day. We are aware especially of those who lost their lives, as well as those who gave of themselves in service to the dead and wounded.
One of areas where the effects of that day remain to be fully seen is toxic asbestos-dust exposure. Those who were at and around ground zero on that day and those who assisted in the cleanup afterward, as well as those living in the city in the aftermath, were all exposed to dust which may have contained asbestos fibers.
Experts say that there was nearly 882,000 pounds of dust dispersed by the collapse of the towers, dust containing asbestos, fiberglass, benzene and mercury. Inhalation of these toxic chemicals can have wide-ranging negative health effects. Because of the long latency period of asbestos-related diseases, though, experts aren’t expecting to see the full effects on the population for decades.
Some have said the incidence of lung cancers, mesothelioma and pleaural fibrosis among those who were in New York City on that day could double or triple, though not every expert agrees with that assessment.
Compensation for those who were harmed in the September 11th attack is available through a special fund created in 2001, and that fund covers lung diseases and a variety of types of cancer. It remains to be seen how many claimants there will be in the future for asbestos-related diseases. Those who do develop symptoms of asbestos exposure should be sure to work with an experienced attorney to ensure they have skilled representation in seeking compensation.