Governor Cuomo Signs Bill To Re-open Registration For 9/11 Disability Pension And Workers’ Compensation Claims

By Hansen & Rosasco

On November 13, 2013, Gov. Cuomo signed a new important bill that extends the registration period for 9/11 workers’ compensation claims to September 11, 2014. Ground Zero workers who were previously denied a workers’ compensation claim due to untimely filing by the previous deadline, can now re-file and open a new claim. The bill now includes ¾ disability pensions which were disregarded in the last bill. Certain public employees will now have the right to file for new 9/11 related disability pensions.

Those who participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002, are now eligible to preserve their right to file future workers’ compensation claims and ¾ disability pensions should  they become sick with a qualifying 911 related condition.Claimants must submit a WTC-12 Registration of Participation form no later than the deadline date of September 11, 2014. This may be especially beneficial to those who are not eligible to apply to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund because they worked in the areas of Ground Zero after May 30, 2002.

It  is expected that the filing of new workers’ compensation claims and disability pensions will have an impact on pending 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims. It is strongly suggested that you speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer knowledgeable in 9/11 claims and disability pensions as soon as possible. Ground Zero workers should register as soon as possible in order to protect their rights to future medical care and compensation after the expiration of the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund which closes in 2016.

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board is currently reviewing their files to locate claims that were previously denied due to untimely registration. Claimants will be sent notification and instructions on what steps to take to initiate their claim.  Claimants who submit new WTC-12 Registration of Participation forms must keep in mind that postmarks will not be accepted. All registrations need to be in the hands of the Workers’ Compensation Board no later than the deadline date.

If you need help in filing your 9/11 related workers’ compensation claim or ¾ disability pension claim you can call, click the chat button or request to be contacted at the top of this page.

Angela Luongo, a Paralegal with Turley, Hansen & Partners contributed to the writing of this post.

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