September 11 sent shockwaves around the world. The very fabric of the American lifestyle was torn and tested in a matter of hours. After so many years have gone by, it’s easy for many Americans to ignore the ripple effects of that day. They’re only reminded on the anniversary or when they go through airport security. Some, however, are not nearly as lucky. They must live every day with the consequences of the disaster. Whether it is physical or psychological, the holes left by 9/11 are gaping. If you or a loved one experiences this pain, here are ways to cope and potentially be compensated.

Compensation for damages caused by 9/11

Thousands of people spent copious amounts of time meticulously cleaning up the former site of the World Trade Center. So many more pitched in any way they could think of: from rescuers to violinists who entertained tired workers at St. Paul’s Chapel. Unfortunately, air conditions were not at all safe in the area and people were not equipped with respirators. As a result, those people are finding out that they have medical conditions directly caused by inhaling the toxic dust there. Complications like thyroid and prostate cancer as well as mesothelioma are debilitating and often life-ending. Others have asthma, sleep apnea, and intestinal lung disease, just to name a few. If you spent time in the area as a first responder, or even as a resident, you may qualify for compensation through the WTC Victim Compensation Fund. This fund was put in place to continue to help those struggling with medical conditions that are direct results of the World Trade Center’s collapse. It will remain active until October 1, 2090. You can make an inquiry free of charge and under no obligation to follow through.

You don’t have to cope alone

The events of 9/11 were traumatizing, especially for those who were first-hand witnesses. Mental illness can be exacerbated in times of great uncertainty, such as the international medical crisis that’s currently underway. If you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, or PTSD, it might be time to see a therapist. You don’t have to cope with this alone and a therapist will be able to provide you with an outside perspective and tools for when you’re not feeling mentally well. The Therapy Group of NYC doesn’t just want to get you back to feeling normal; they want you to feel like your best self. This group uses collaboration and an individualized plan throughout your healing process.

Given the social distancing recommendation set by the government, consider using teletherapy in NYC. All members of the Therapy Group of NYC have switched to online or phone sessions that are as secure and confidential as they would be in person. With extra time on your hands, it might be the perfect time to start, and when the world goes back to normal, you can still maintain your teletherapy sessions. This is particularly great for people who work out of town or have a tight, busy schedule. One in four adults has sought help. Don’t let an ever-eroding stigma keep you from taking care of yourself.

The tragedy of 9/11 can still be felt by an entire generation, and future generations will be taught about the brave sacrifices made during the days after. It’s a very difficult event to move past. You don’t have to try to cope on your own. Get the compensation you and your family deserve by filing a claim with the WTC Victim Compensation Fund. Be diligent about your mental health. With the right therapist, you can reclaim your life and move forward from those difficult times.

(Last Updated On: April 4, 2020)

A senior academic researcher, reviewer, and editor, Dr. Declan Pouros is also an internationally accredited psychotherapist. He earned his PhD in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, and in the years since, he has taught in the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance himself.He has also authored papers that have gone on to appear in such world-renowned journals as the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Psychological Reports, the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Asia Pacific Psychiatry, and Computers in Human Behaviour.