"We don't even really think about most cancers until at least 10 years after a toxic event but we are already seeing an increase here that is at or approaching statistical significance. This is the first clue that cancers might be elevated in this population," Crane told me.
Once you sign up for the fund, you have two years to complete your filing. The process is daunting. It involves an examination by a doctor affiliated with the World Trade Center Health Program, submission of detailed medical records and medical bills, employment records, and affidavits from various people who can vouch for your whereabouts on 9/11 and the following year.
Filing the complete claim can take up to two years and Schwartz said most claimants won't see any money for at least 18 months after that. As of now, just 53 claim decisions have been made by the fund.
That is why even if you aren't currently ill, I urge you to sign up for the compensation fund before time runs out. If you think you are eligible, this is a critical step you can take to protect your rights to collect health care and other benefits in the future.
It's too late to request the forms by mail but several options still exist to file before the Oct. 3 deadline. You can find out more by following this link.