How Many Have Died From 9/11-Related Illnesses?


The tragic events on September 11, 2001, left a lasting impact on countless lives. Throughout the tri-state area and beyond, families and friends lost loved ones and had their lives changed forever. The toxic chemicals and debris stirred up in the impact have left survivors of the attacks with wide-ranging health effects, compounding the tragedy. This range of 9/11-related illnesses includes everything from mental health issues to cancer. Everyone from officers and recovery workers to police and law enforcement may have been in the exposure zone

Below, the experienced 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund lawyers at Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. discuss how many have died from 9/11-related illness and what you can do if you become ill.

What Are 9/11-Related Illnesses?

The illnesses defined as September 11th-related encompass a spectrum of health conditions directly linked to the exposure suffered by responders, survivors, and residents in the vicinity of Ground Zero. Related conditions include respiratory disorders, cancers, digestive system disorders, mental health issues, and more. 

While determining the exact number of deaths resulting from 9/11-related illnesses is challenging, reports indicate a significant and growing number of victims who have succumbed to these illnesses. The toll continues to rise, emphasizing the urgent need for awareness, support, and legal representation for affected individuals and their families.

The alarming prevalence of such diseases has prompted individuals to seek legal assistance to navigate the complexities of the compensation process.

What is the Victim Compensation Fund?

Established to provide financial aid and support to those affected by 9/11-related illnesses, the Victim Compensation Fund has played a pivotal role in providing relief to victims and their families. This fund has undergone significant developments over the years, ensuring access to compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain, and suffering.

Do I Need a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Lawyer?

Considering the legal intricacies involved, seeking rightful compensation from the VCF can be daunting. Resultingly, the expertise of 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund lawyers is invaluable. These legal professionals specialize in navigating the complex legal framework, gathering necessary evidence, and advocating for their client’s rights, ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve while following all requirements for VCF claims.

The impact of 9/11-related illnesses continues to affect numerous lives, with victims and their families seeking justice and compensation through the Victim Compensation Fund. As of December 31, 2019, the VCF has granted awards to 25,649 victims of 9/11-related conditions—a collective financial total of more than $5.96 billion. 

As VCF lawyers who have helped our clients obtain compensation since the fund’s inception, we have successfully represented over 2,000 claimants and recovered over $1 billion for our VCF clients. Our legal counsel has also helped over 300 victims receive VCF awards of more than 1 million dollars, including:

  • $4,133,466 – Cancer
  • $3,963,480 – Esophageal Reflux, Malignant Neoplasm Bronchus
  • $2,417,073 – Obstructive Airway Disease (and other respiratory conditions)

While the VCF accommodates nearly every eligible claimant who suffers a 9/11-related illness, the filing process can be complicated and requires extensive documentation showing proof of injury or illness. Additionally, many potential claimants simply do not know they could be eligible. By working with a member of our skilled and determined 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund lawyers, passionate about fighting for 9/11 victims and their families, you are ensuring the most successful outcome possible for your claim. 

Contact the Experienced New York VCF Attorneys at SPBMCC to Seek Justice Today

Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. is a reputable full-service personal injury law firm specializing in various areas, including 9-11-related injury cases. Our dedicated litigation support teams are committed to vigorously representing clients in matters such as 9/11-related illnesses, personal injury, car accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, and firefighter law across New York City, Long Island, Nassau, Suffolk counties, and New Jersey. Contact us today to learn more about our firm or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.