It has been more than 16 years since the September 11th attacks. One would like to think that the brave first responders and recovery workers who performed so heroically in the hours, days, and months after 9/11 would no longer have to struggle to get the 9/11 victim compensation, care, and benefits they so desperately need to address the many illnesses and health problems they continue to suffer from. Sadly, too many survivors and their families continue to face unjustifiable bureaucratic hurdles which only make an already difficult situation even worse.
At Turley Hansen & Partners, we have been writing about these problems for too long. Since shortly after the towers fell, we have made it our mission to fight on behalf of 9/11 victims, first, responders, recovery workers, and their families to get them the resources they need to recover. We continue to do so every single day. We also continue to shine a light on the delays, denials, and other challenges involved in getting victims the benefits to which they are entitled. For example:
- We recently wrote about the staggering number of pension benefit denials faced by New York City firefighters with 9/11-related conditions.
- We also posted about how more than half of the disability claims filed by NYC paramedics and EMTs arising out of 9/11 were being rejected.
- Similarly, we relayed the story about how one recovery worker was denied workers compensation benefits from the U.S. Department of Labor because it said he had failed to prove his condition was 9/11-related, even though the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund had in fact certified his condition as 9/11-related.
These are just a few ways in which the system is failing 9/11 survivors. These injustices are now getting increased and overdue attention in the national media. Slate recently published a lengthy piece about the problems faced by those seeking benefits and care.
“The 9/11 legacy America has forgotten: First responders still struggle for care” lays out in stark terms how inexcusably difficult in can be for 9/11 first responders and recovery workers to get benefits. Multiple claims and hearings filed with multiple boards, followed by appeals and other efforts to overturn denials by one agency after another. As Oren Barzilay, president of the union which represents FDNY EMS/ENT personnel, puts in the Slate article:
“Here we are 16 years later, and we have people that are dying, basically, and are not getting the benefits to which they are entitled. Are they just waiting for us all to die?”
We Fight Tirelessly for 9/11 Victims, First Responders, and Recovery Workers
At Turley Hansen, we don’t wait. We know how critical it is for 9/11 victims to get the care, benefits, and compensation they need. We also know that all too often, the claims process can be overwhelming, frustrating, and unfair.
Getting 9/11 victims the resources they deserve has been the defining and sole mission of Turley Hansen & Partners since shortly after that horrible September day. Our extensive experience and deep commitment to 9/11 victims has resulted in the recovery of over $75 million in compensation on behalf of over 1,200 clients.
If you have questions about 9/11 victim compensation, disability claims, workers’ compensation, or pension benefits, please contact Turley Hansen today and request a FREE CLAIM REVIEW with one of our experienced 9/11 lawyers. Call 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) today. We look forward to assisting you.