President Obama recently signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act into law expanding the coverage of those who can file claims as a result of injuries and illnesses sustained by working at Ground Zero. Originally, compensation eligibility was limited to those who worked around the World Trade Center site itself.
Where the Law Got Its Name
The Zadroga 9/11 Act was named after James Zadroga (1971 – January 5, 2006), a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective who lost his life due to a 9/11-related illness. Mr. Zadroga died of a respiratory illness that has been attributed to his participation in the rescue and recovery operations following the 9/11 terrorists attacks on the WTC.
Mr. Zadroga joined the NYPD force in 1992 and was considered to be a healthy non-smoker. He had no known respiratory conditions before spending approximately 450 hours participating in the rescue efforts following the 9/11 terrorists attacks.
“It was a bittersweet battle and this is a bittersweet victory,” said Joseph Zadroga, the father of James Zadroga, following the signing of the Zadroga 9/11 Act. “It’s been a long road and it finally got signed.”
Advice for 9/11 First Responders & Clean Up Workers
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries or illnesses associated with 9/11, contact a New York Zadroga Act attorney at Markhoff & Mittman for advice on how to receive compensation.