Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a chronic type of acid reflux reported among first responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks. This disease occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus- the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach- and causes it to become irritated and inflamed.

Individuals suffering from GERD can experience severe discomfort that, over time, may require prescription medications to manage the pain. In severe cases, GERD can require surgery to ease the symptoms and can ultimately leave individuals unable to work. People with GERD are also at an increased risk for esophageal cancer when acid continues to cause damage to the lining of the esophagus.

GERD has been linked by researchers to 9/11 dust, fumes, and other toxins found in Lower Manhattan and near Ground Zero. Some of the symptoms can include:

  • Burning sensation in the chest, usually after eating
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquids
  • Sensation of a lump in the throat


Slater Slater Schulman LLP is dedicated to the representation of individuals who have been injured or have loved ones who have been injured by exposure from the toxic debris of 9/11. Our firm is handling litigation related to these claims nationwide.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with 9/11-related GERD, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.

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