World Trade Center Update: Compensation Available to Construction Workers and People Employed in the Vicinity of the World Trade Center Site. Deadline to Register: October 3, 2013
Online PR News – 04-September-2013 – New York, NY – Workers may be entitled to compensation from the recently-opened James Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund, but the deadline to register with the fund, October 3, 2013, is fast approaching. If individuals do not register by the October 3rd deadline, they will forfeit their right to compensation for any WTC-related illnesses. The first 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) awarded over $1 billion in compensation to 2,680 injury claimants. However, it closed in 2003 despite the fact that many workers continued to be diagnosed with new respiratory illnesses. In January 2011, the President signed the James Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund into law. The purpose of the $2.7 billion Zadroga Fund is to provide medical care and compensation to anyone whose health deteriorated since 2003, even if they received compensation from the first VCF or the federal lawsuit that settled in 2010.
Any worker who worked below Canal Street and who is suffering from a respiratory, gastro-intestinal or sinus illness is presumed to have sustained his/her illness from exposure to the toxins at the World Trade Center site. And, the National Institute of Health (N.I.H.) has now linked 62 cancers to the toxic exposure, including cancers to the throat, nose, lungs, esophagus, stomach, colon, kidneys, liver, skin, and bladder. Blood cancers have also been linked by the N.I.H., including lymphoma and leukemia.
Again, individuals MUST register their claim specifically with the Zadroga VCF by October 3rd in order to be eligible to receive compensation for their WTC injuries and lost income. The fact that a person may have registered for the first VCF, or with Workers Compensation or the WTC Health Registry, will not suffice. Those who have not been diagnosed with any illness do not have to do anything now.
However, it is essential for individuals to bear in mind that the deadline for making a claim for a new illness is two years from the date that symptoms begin. Hopefully for individuals who find themselves in this position, the VCF will still be open.
Hach & Rose, LLP, offers personal injury counsel to union members and their families, specializing in construction accidents, premises liability, and motor vehicle accidents. To learn more about the firm and the services they offer, feel free to call their offices for a free, confidential consultation at 212-779-0057.