9/11 Victim Blog

9/11 Fire Department Hero Loses Battle with WTC Related Cancer

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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.

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Posted under: First Responders, Illnesses Covered, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

Who is Eligible for Zadroga Award under the Re-Opened Victims’ Compensation Fund?

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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 locations

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Posted under: First Responders, Illnesses Covered, Survivors, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures, World Trade Center Health Program, Zadroga 9/11 Eligibility

James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Signed by President Obama

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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

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Posted under: The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act of 2010, The Victims' Compensation Fund, Victim Compensation Fund Claim Procedures

What Medical Benefits and Monitoring are provided to WTC Survivors and Responders under the Zadroga Act?

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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 […]

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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”) ?

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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.

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Posted under: Who is eligible for compensation and health benefits?

Who is considered a “WTC Responder” under the Zadroga 9/11 Act?

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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 […]

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Posted under: Who is considered a "WTC Responder" under the Zadroga 9/11 Act?

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?

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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 […]

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How much can an attorney or law firm charge me to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?

By Turley, Hansen & Rosasco

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 […]

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Posted under: How much can an attorney charge to represent me in a Zadroga 9/11 Compensation claim?