Maximum Time Intervals For Aerodigestive Disorders

Is There A Time Limit For Aerodigestive Claims?

Unlike with cancer, aerodigestive disorders have a maximum time interval within which the illness must manifest. All presumptively covered aerodigestive disorders, except for gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) and interstitial lung disease, have a maximum time interval of 5 years. You must have had symptoms of the illness within five years of your last date of toxic exposure to be eligible for compensation. These conditions include:

-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD),

-OADs (other obstructive airway diseases -chronic respiratory disorder, asthma, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome RADS, chronic cough syndrome)

-Upper respiratory disease (URDs) – upper airway hyperreactivity, chronic rhinosinusitis, chronic nasopharyngitis, chronic laryngitis).

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) has a maximum time interval of 1 year from the last date of toxic exposure. Interstitial lung disease has no maximum time interval.

For claims based on aggravation of a pre-existing aerodigestive disorder, there must be increased frequency in medical treatment within the maximum time interval for new onset of that same condition.

Extent Of Exposure

The exposure zone for the New York City World Trade Center site is all of lower Manhattan south of Canal Street from the Hudson River to the intersection of Canal Street and East Broadway, north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, and east on Clinton Street to the East River. The sufficiency of exposure depends on your individual circumstances, including your location, nature of work, when you first arrived on site, and the duration of presence. A minimum number of hours present for cancer to develop is 4 hours or being directly in the dust cloud for any length of time.