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Respiratory Illnesses Are An Ongoing Health Concern After 9/11

The 9/11 attacks shattered our world and the aftermath is still felt more than a decade later. We realize now that the debris, dust, fumes, smoke and carcinogens released into the air had a long-term impact on hundreds of thousands of people who were exposed. They are starting to experience respiratory illnesses after the attacks on the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.

Respiratory illnesses often do not show up until years after exposure. If you were a 9/11 first responder, exposed to the resulting airborne hazards, or if you suffer any type of respiratory problems caused by someone else’s negligence, call our experienced respiratory illness attorneys at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP.

Airborne Exposure Causes Respiratory Illnesses

New Yorkers exposed include first responders; cleanup, office and rescue workers; and residents of lower Manhattan. The number of the people exposed probably will never be known, but there has been an increase in the number of people who have reported respiratory problems.

Respiratory illnesses related to the 9/11 tragedy have included:

  • Alveolitis
  • Asbestosis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Intestinal pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Reactive airway disease
  • Sarcoidosis

There have also been a wide range of other digestive illnesses, a variety of cancers and other upper respiratory diseases.

Symptoms Often Show Up Years After Exposure

All conditions do not show up immediately. There are things you should be aware of that could be signs of respiratory problems.

They include:

  • Chronic chest pain
  • Chronic coughs
  • Chronic mucus
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

What Should You Do If You Have Symptoms?

First, talk to your doctor to get medical attention. Not only will your doctor be able to help you manage the symptoms, but they will also document your medical problems. The next thing you should do is call our experienced lawyers.

We can help you recover compensation for:

  • Doctor bills
  • Long-term health care
  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Surgeries

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