Recently, we’ve written about the struggles some 9/11 first responders, recovery workers and others have had in obtaining treatment and compensation for the illnesses they acquired as a result of their brave and selfless work in the hours, days, and months after the September 11th attacks. A recent New York Post article shined a light on how  EMTs and paramedics seeking disability for their 9/11-related conditions were being denied benefits at an extremely high rate. Similarly, the New York Daily News told the story of a criminal investigator who was denied disability and workers compensation benefits even though his condition was certified as 9/11-related.

Those problems remain, but a recently signed New York law should at least help responders and recovery workers with their efforts to treat their illnesses by providing them with unlimited sick leave benefits for 9/11-related illnesses and injuries.

On September 11th of this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation passed earlier in the year which provides line-of-duty sick leave to rescue and recovery workers with conditions related to their response to the 9/11 attacks. As such, individuals sickened or injured during rescue, recovery or cleanup at or near Ground Zero won’t have to use their regular sick leave to care for their illnesses and conditions.

Now, any sick 9/11 first responder living in the state of New York can take as many sick days as they need. Additionally, they are now eligible for sick leave at 100 percent of their regular salary dating back to the time of their diagnosis.

This new legislation is to be applauded. Any efforts which help those who are suffering because of their bravery and commitment after the 9/11 attacks should be supported. Helping 9/11 victims obtain treatment and compensation has been the exclusive mission of this law firm since shortly after the towers fell.

Turley Hansen & Partners is the only law firm in the nation that focuses solely on representing victims and first responders for their 9/11 related illnesses – and our 9/11 lawyers have been there from the beginning. Though the years we have not only recovered millions of dollars in compensation and helped victims get the health care and support they need, we have also been fierce advocates for the legislation that provides such support. We actively and proudly assisted the “Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act” in passing the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act in 2015, which ensures that benefits, treatment, and compensation to the thousands of individuals and families will continue to be available for those dealing with 9/11-related illnesses and losses. 

Since 2001, the WTC lawyers at Turley Hansen & Partners have worked tirelessly to help 9/11 victims, including first responders and recovery workers, get the resources they need and deserve, recovering over $75 million for over 1200 clients from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

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.