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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Zadroga 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Covers Ground Zero Sanitation Workers, Cleaners, Porters & Window Washers

January 26, 2011

By on How much can an attorney charge to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?

The new Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund law will benefit:
1. Sanitation workers. 2. Window washers near Ground Zero. 3. Commercial cleaners in the building or areas surrounding Ground Zero. 4. Porters, janitors, and others who cleaned the toxic dust and debris and fallout from Ground Zero. 5. City workers and private carting and sanitation workers who removed the debris and refuge from the 9/11 sites, including along route to any dump or landfill. 6. Barge and other maritime workers (dockworkers, captains, and others) who helped move the debris from Ground Zero and the surrounding areas. 7. Truck drivers and their helpers who transported or handled the debris and materials from the World Trade Center or the nearby areas. 8. Transfer station workers who handled or helped move debris and materials from the 9/11 sites.

How Much Can Zadroga Act Lawyers Charge in WTC Victim Compensation Fund Claims if I Settled a Prior 9/11 Lawsuit?

January 22, 2011

By on Can I file a claim if I was part of the recent 9/11 lawsuit?

What attorney’s fee amount can be properly charged by a lawyer representing a 9/11 first responder, construction worker or clean-up worker who also now wants to file a claim under the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund? In other words, under the Zadroga Act, individuals who settled their lawsuit who also file a WTC Victims Compensation Fund claim will never pay more than a 10 percent attorney’s fee on all amounts received (the total received from the settled lawsuit plus the amount awarded by the Fund). The final question is whether it is difficult to switch to a new attorney to file a claim under the Victims Compensation Fund? The answer is “NO”.

Verizon, Con Ed, AT&T and Other Utility Workers Covered by 9/11 Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund

January 17, 2011

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The Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund now covers utility workers who were restoring electrical and phone service during the massive clean-up efforts in the months following the attacks at any time until May 30, 2002.
workers and volunteers that were crucial to the cleanup efforts were the utility workers such as Con Ed, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and other utility workers who worked in the WTC area in the 8 1/2 months after 9/11.

Nadler Says Manhattan Downtown Residents Eligible for Zadroga 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund Awards

January 12, 2011

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Are downtown Manhattan residents who were exposed to toxic dust as a result of the 9/11 attacks and clean up eligible for a Victims’ Compensation Fund (VCF) Award under the new Zadroga 9/11 Act? The answer is YES, according to Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Co-Author of the Zadroga Act. As reported in The Tribeca Trib, there is confusion regarding Zadroga 9/11 Act eligibility for downtown Manhattan residents.

9/11 WTC Victims Continue to Fight Asthma, COPD, RADS, Chronic Bronchitis says Study

January 10, 2011

By on First Responders

New England Journal of Medicine has found that many of the rescue workers and responders to the World Trade Center attacks continued to suffer breathing difficulties that did not improve in the years since being exposed to the toxic dust and debris. 9/11 WTC workers who inhaled the thick dust at Ground Zero and nearby have not just the “World Trade Center Cough,” but also bronchitis, asthma and symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and decresed lung function.