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Westchester County Ground Zero Worker Injuries Have Lasting Effect

As the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center is remembered in New York and around the nation, many New York worker injuries continue to affect the firefighters, police officers, and others who selflessly came to the rescue on that terrible day.

For some, it is the aftermath of broken bones, crush injuries, and other external injuries sustained on the job. For others, it is continued respiratory problems such as asthma, scarring, and sarcoidosis, which make daily life a struggle. Sadly, many of these workers remain uncompensated for their injuries and medical care. For each worker who has received Social Security disability or workers' compensation for Ground Zero injuries, there are even more who have not.

The Zadroga Act offers some hope to injured Ground Zero workers who are struggling to take of themselves and their families, but it might not be enough. Many illnesses and disabilities have been attributed to work at Ground Zero; however, there is still some uncertainty as to which specific illnesses will be covered by the Zadroga Act. Cancer is still not on that list. So what will happen to the injured Ground Zero workers who are not covered?

The White Plains disability lawyers with Markhoff & Mittman, PC salute the heroic acts of our firefighters and police officers from Yonkers, Peekskill, White Plains, and elsewhere who all rushed in to do their part. If you have questions regarding your rights to compensation for your work injuries, contact our office.

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