All of our lives changed on September 11, 2001. But, perhaps no one was affected as much as the brave first responders: the police officers, fire fighters, and EMTs who risked their lives to save others. We also cannot forget the workers who endured hazardous conditions to assist in the clean up efforts following 9/11.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is named after a police officer who died from a respiratory illness that he contracted while working in the ruins of the World Trade Center. James Zadroga was just one of thousands of workers whose health and well-being was permanently affected by toxic dust and debris at the disaster site.
The Zadroga bill establishes the World Trade Center Health Program, a federal program that will provide no cost health screenings, medical monitoring and medical treatment for first responders beginning July 1, 2011. The Zadroga Act will also reopen the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for losses and harm experienced by first responders and clean up workers. However, this compensation is not automatic; in many cases the victim must petition for compensation. A Zadroga Act lawyer can help.
If you or someone you love was a 9/11 first responder or clean up worker who experienced health problems, mental anguish, or injuries as a result of the WTC attacks, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. For more information or to discuss your situation, contact Markhoff & Mittman at 855-614-4351 to schedule a free consultation with a New York Zadroga Act attorney.