Queens College was the location for more than 250 first responders and residents injured on 9/11 to meet with attorneys to learn about the re-opening of the Victim Compensation Fund through the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The fund was re-opened with $2.8 billion available for compensating individuals experiencing injuries and illnesses as a result of their exposure to Ground Zero. The organizer of the public meeting was John Feal, of FealGood Foundation, an advocacy group for 9/11 victims.
Eight attorneys from various NYC law firms attended the meeting to share with individuals seeking compensation for their illnesses that it’s not enough to just have an injury – they will have to prove their injury or illness is related to exposures from Ground Zero. They also shared that the attorneys are entitled to receive a maximum up to 10% of money received by their clients if they are awarded from the Victims Compensation Fund.
Many of the individuals attending the meeting for information have been forced into unemployment due to their illnesses and injuries. Most of these individuals are in need of financial support to continue paying for their medical expenses.
At this time, there are still many issues of Zadroga law which are up in the air – including the assignment of the special master who will determine exactly which illnesses and injuries will be covered under the Zadroga Act, and whether or not people who received money during the first round of the Victims Compensation Fund will be eligible for additional funds this time around. Cancer and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are two ailments the attorneys are rallying to get included for compensation cases, as well as pushing for additional money in the fund.
At the Law Office of Markhoff & Mittman, we remember the horror of 9/11, as we experienced it ourselves. As New York attorneys, we walked through the cloud of dust after the attack on the twin towers and contended with the soot and fumes. We are focused on helping first responders and workers who were involved in 9/11. Our Zadroga lawyers have extensive knowledge of these claims and can help you. For more information, call the Law Office of Markhoff & Mittman today at 866-205-2415.