Fairfax, VA (PressExposure) February 10, 2011 -- At last there is good news for those who sacrificed their lives after the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001. After years of debate and delay, the Zadroga bill, which will provide medical benefits to World Trade Center (WTC) and Pentagon workers still struggling with serious physical and mental health problems, is finally a reality.
The Zadroga bill is named after James Zadroga, a first responder who lost his life after suffering from severe respiratory disease thanks to the toxic chemicals he was exposed to at Ground Zero. The bill is an important lifeline for 9/11 workers who either do not have or who have lost their health insurance.
Without adequate health insurance, many of these brave men and women have suffered, unable to get the medical care they so desperately need. These workers have experienced a variety of respiratory and digestive disorders that require medical treatment, including chronic respiratory disorders, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic coughs, and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). These conditions and more will be covered by the Zadroga bill.
In addition, many workers suffering from certain mental health conditions could also receive treatment under the bill. 9/11 workers struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, substance abuse and more can get the medical treatment they need to recover.
Brian Mittman, a New York attorney dedicated to helping 9/11 victims get the benefits they deserve, applauds the passage of the Zadroga bill. Mittman's office was located in downtown New York on 9/11, and he experienced the devastation firsthand. This experience gave Mittman and his colleagues the desire to help those injured or killed in the attacks, and as a result they have represented over 200 World Trade Center (WTC) victims.
"I have been lucky enough to affiliate myself with a law firm that is directly handling the Zadroga claims and I have a special insight and knowledge of these claims and injuries," says Mittman. "In fact," he adds, "after 9/11 we also represented hundreds of various workers injured during clean ups of the WTC site and OTHER sites around Ground Zero. I want to bring my experience and expertise and connections to help others and get them the benefits they deserve."
A day-long public hearing on the Zadroga bill is scheduled for March 3, 2011 at the Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan. This hearing, which is open to all with concerns or questions about the Zadroga bill and how it will be implemented, is sponsored by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.