Anyone working in downtown Manhattan south of Canal Street from September 11, 2001 to May 30, 2002 can attest to the chaos that ensued in that area following the terrorist attacks of that day. For many workers, due to the nature of their business, they couldn’t relocate. Because of misleading statements of safety about the air quality near the World Trade Center in the days following the September 11th attack, a lot of people working in offices were put in further danger. The air quality in that time period was poor. It was filled with what we know now were potentially cancer-causing agents, including asbestos that coated the World Trade Center buildings’ lower columns; benzene, a component of jet fuel that caused uncontrollable fires when planes barreled into the Twin Towers; and other toxins that a modern office building contains. These carcinogens were pulverized into the smallest dust particles.

Here are just a few of the types of businesses and areas south of Canal Street affected by WTC dust:

Businesses:

New York County Family Court

New York County Surrogate’s Court

New York County Civil Court

New York County Criminal Court

New York County Supreme Court

New York County Clerk

United States District Court at 500 Pearl Street

United States Bankruptcy Court

Federal Plaza

New York City Offices

Mayor’s Office

Many New York State Offices

Former New York Downtown Hospital

World Financial Center

World Trade Center

Communications Workers of America Local 1180 at Harrison Street

New York State Workers’ Compensation offices

Borough of Manhattan Community College BMCC

Stuyvesant High School

Pace University

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Teachers Retirement System at 55 Water Street

Independence Plaza North Apartments

Other hotels, schools and businesses in the area

Affected areas:

Centre Street

Church Street

Chambers Street

Battery Park City

Much of Tribeca

Much of Chinatown

Financial District

South Ferry

Hanover Square

Wall Street

South Street Seaport

Confucius Plaza

Rector Place

Any address south of Canal Street.

 

If you lived and worked in these areas, you may have a claim to make to the Victim Compensation Fund. Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo PC has a long history with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program. If you have questions, reach out to us at (800) 962-9954 or via our contact page.

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