Most Americans remember their first glimpses of the jumbo jets flying into the World Trade Towers on 9/11. Those images have left searing impressions on our minds of the dangers that terrorists represent to the United States of America.
What has long been forgotten are those who first responded to the WTC area and those who continued the clean up efforts in the following months. Many of these workers became injured or sustained 9/11-related illnesses by breathing the air surrounding the attack site.
Originally, the Victim Compensation Fund was established to help compensate the first responders who became injured or sick from working at the WTC site. However, it limited the claimants to those who worked around the immediate WTF site itself.
Recently, President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which expanded the Victim Compensation Fund by redefining who is able to file a claim. For instance, responders who worked in surrounding buildings and lower Manhattan neighborhoods are now eligible to file a claim. 9/11 clean up workers are also included under the Zadroga Act.
The Zadroga Act also expanded the Victim Compensation Fund to include workers at:
- buildings or portions of buildings that were destroyed as a result of the 9/11 terrorist-related aircraft attack
- any area contiguous to a site that was affected as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft
- any area related to or along routes of debris removal
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.