In a recent article published by the Suffolk County Bar Association in “The Suffolk Lawyer,” Zadroga Act lawyers Troy G. Rosasco and Daniel J. Hansen, continue their efforts to inform the public and now other attorneys about the Zadroga Act and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
Attorneys Rosasco and Hansen provided a detailed legal analysis to educate other attorneys in New York explaining how the Zadroga Act expanded the rights of clean-up and rescue workers, volunteers, residents, and students injured by the toxic fallout from the 9/11 attacks. The article alerts lawyers that the previously closed 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund was being re-opened for new claims beginning on July 1, 2011 and will remain open for five years.
The article also educates members of the bar by explaining that the reopened fund will provide compensation to 9/11 victims injured not only on September 11th (as was the case under the original Fund), but also any time from September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002. The article also informs attorneys that injured individuals no longer need to have been on “the pile” at Ground Zero to be eligible for compensation, but are eligible for compensation if present either at any of the buildings, the neighborhood surrounding Ground Zero, or any other place where the debris was handled including the the morgue, Fresh Kills landfill, and any place where the debris was handled.
These changes are important because the clean-up and rescue workers, volunteers, and others who lived or worked in the area surrounding Ground Zero or anywhere else where the debris was handled–people who were not eligible for compensation under the original Victims Fund–are now eligible to receive much deserved compensation under the Zadroga Act.