Lawyers for New York City claim 30% of those suing in federal court claiming ground zero-related illnesses don't have serious health problems.
The city is fending off claims of approximately 10,800 plaintiffs, who claim to suffer from one or more of 387 different types of injuries. The claims are filed in federal court in Manhattan, where Judge Alvin Hellerstein is overseeing the cases. About half of the claims were filed by city workers, such as NYPD and FDNY personnel.
The case is part of a running argument over how many people were actually sickened by their exposure to toxic debris at dust at the World Trade Center site, and years-old disputes about who should pay for such illnesses.
Lawyers for the city contend that serious illnesses that can be medically documented and tied to ground zero exposure should be paid for by the federal government. But the federal government created a $1 billion captive insurance fund, administered by the city, to handle such claims. Lawyers for the workers say the city should stop fighting the claims and start paying them.