A FDNY hero who led his fellow firefighters out of the World Trade Center North Tower just before it collapsed, saving countless lives, has lost his battle with 9/11 related bone marrow cancer at age 51. Unfortunately, like so many 9/11 first responders who have contracted cancer (including multiple myeloma and other blood cancers) related to their service at Ground Zero, this particular cancer was too strong to beat in the end.Read More
9/11 Victim Blog
Jon Stewart of the Daily Show praised Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her work on the Zadroga 9/11 Act as a guest on his show last night.Read More
NYPD Detective James Zadroga died five years ago this day of his 9/11 related illnesses. See Zadroga 9/11 bill author Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s press release here. May God rest his soul.Read More
newly re-opened Victims Compensation Fund in the Zadroga 9/11 Act provides for a monetary award to a wide range of individuals involved in the rescue, clean-up, and repair efforts. Victim Compensation Fund may provide for monetary compensation to all workers and volunteers who were at the following locationsRead More
President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act into law this afternoon while still on vacation in Hawaii.
Now, the “Special Master” of the re-opened Victims’ Compensation Fund has 180 days to issue new regulations to implement the Zadroga Act. let us all be grateful that this day has finally come
What Medical Benefits and Monitoring are provided to WTC Survivors and Responders under the Zadroga Act?
The Zadroga Act statute goes into great detail on what medical benefits are provided to whom and where. However, the following text from the final bill gives a general overview of the World Trade Center Health Program and the medical benefits available: SEC. 3301. ESTABLISHMENT OF WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PROGRAM. ‘(a) In General- There […]Read More
Who is is eligible for compensation and health benefits under the new James E. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (“Zadroga Act”) ?
Unlike the recent litigation against New York City which focused on “First Responders”, the Zadroga Act re-opens the original 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund of 2001. This means that both “Survivors” (who were not considered “First Responders”) and “WTC Responders” will be eligible for compensation under Zadroga.Read More
Again, this is complicated, but you should read the detailed actual statutory language below. You should consult an attorney if you have questions on whether you are eligible as a “WTC Responder” under the Zadroga 9/11 Act. SEC. 3311. IDENTIFICATION OF WTC RESPONDERS AND PROVISION OF WTC-RELATED MONITORING SERVICES. `(a) WTC Responder Defined- `(1) IN […]Read More
Can I file a Zadroga compensation claim if I was part of the recent 9/11 lawsuit against New York City, the Port Authority and others?
Yes. However, there are significant limitations for those who have either “pending” or “settled” civil action. These limitations, and potential strategies to maximize any recovery under the Zadroga Act, should be discussed with an attorney. The limitations in the statute are detailed below: (f) Limitations on Civil Actions- (1) APPLICATION TO DAMAGES RELATED TO DEBRIS […]Read More
How much can an attorney or law firm charge me to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?
Essentially, lawyers’ fees in Zadroga Act claims are capped at 10% of the compensation recovered on behalf of the client. This is fair, and also different than the 25% fees (previously 33 1/3% fees before lowered by Judge Hellerstein) which are being charged in the present 9/11 litigation against New York City and the Port […]Read More