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Last week, we reported that utility workers working near Ground Zero are covered by the recently reopened 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund in the Zadroga Act, giving these workers the right to file a claim for compensation for 9/11-related conditions and injuries.  The Zadroga Act, which reopened the Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), has opened the fund to a wide variety of 9/11 first responders and clean-up workers.

The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act  has vastly expanded the definition of who is able to file a claim from the original law (covering first responders and survivors only), to those workers and volunteers who assisted, in any way, in the clean-up efforts.  

The new Zadroga Act, which reopens the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) of 2001, defines this large class of workers and volunteers eligible for monetary compensation to include:  

1. Sanitation workers

2. Window washers near Ground Zero

3. Commercial cleaners in the building or areas surrounding Ground Zero. 

4. Porters, janitors, and others who cleaned the toxic dust and debris and fallout from Ground Zero. 

5. City workers and private carting and sanitation workers who removed the debris and refuge from the 9/11 sites, including along route to any dump or landfill.

6. Barge and other maritime workers (dockworkers, captains, and others) who helped move the debris from Ground Zero and the surrounding areas. 

7. Truck drivers and their helpers who transported or handled the debris and materials from the World Trade Center or the nearby areas

8. Transfer station workers who handled or helped move debris and materials from the 9/11 sites

Check back soon when we will discuss what qualifies as “debris removal” under the new Victims Compensation Fund.