NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A lawyer is calling for anyone who lived or worked in Lower Manhattan during the September 11th terror attacks to see if they are eligible to receive free health care for 9/11-related illnesses.

Since the benefits of the 9/11 Zadroga Act initially focused on first responders, attorney Michael Barasch says hundreds of thousands of people were left out.

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He now represents a number of teachers from the 12 schools in the World Trade Center area, as well as a dozen people with cancer, who were children at the time of the attacks.

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“First of all, they’re kids — they’re now 28, 29, 30 years old.  A 28-year-old girl should not have breast cancer. A 29-year-old boy should not have colon cancer or bladder cancer,” he tells WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

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Barasch urges anyone who lived or worked in the area to register and get examined to see if they are eligible for free health care and possible compensation.