New York, New York (PRWEB) November 07, 2011
The national law firm of Parker Waichman Alonso LLP continues to urge 9/11 victims to register for the newly opened compensation fund, and is accepting claims under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act on behalf of Ground Zero rescue workers and others sickened as a result of toxic dust in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, which worked along side Ground Zero rescue workers and their advocates to ensure passage of the Zadroga Act, will continue its efforts to make sure these heroes receive all of the compensation they are entitled to under this law. If you or a loved one are eligible for compensation under the Zadroga Act, and would like assistance with your claim, please the visit the firm's Zadroga Act claims page at http://www.yourlawyer.com.
The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which became law last December, was named after deceased New York Police Department detective James Zadroga, who had worked at Ground Zero. Many of the individuals who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts following the attacks have since been diagnosed with various illnesses because of their exposure to toxic dust. The Zadroga Act reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for five years to provide payment for job and economic losses for first responders, those trapped in the buildings, and local residents, who suffered illness or injuries related to the toxic dust.
Sheila Birnbaum, Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, has set up a 3-step process for applying for compensation: 1) As of October 3, attorneys or claimants without representation could register immediately for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund; 2) The Eligibility portion of the claim forms became available online at the end of October 2011; and 3) Sometime around the end of November 2011, the Compensation portion of the form will be available.
Those eligible for compensation under the Zadroga Act include Emergency Medical Service workers, construction workers, cleanup workers, utility workers, volunteers and original survivors who were present in the “debris removal area” between September 11, 2011 and May 30, 2002. The “NYC Exposure Zone” consists of: 1) The area in Manhattan south of the line that runs along Canal Street from the Hudson River to the intersection of Canal Street and East Broadway, north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, and east on Clinton Street to the East River; and 2) Any area related to, or along, routes of debris removal, such as barges and Fresh Kills.
The list of diseases covered by the Zadroga Act includes asthma, interstitial lung disease, and mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder. However, Ground Zero rescue workers and others who have developed cancer since their exposure to toxic dust are not yet eligible to file Zadroga Act claims. In a report issued on July 26, 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that WTC Administrator John Howard, M.D., had determined that cancers will not yet be considered covered after a review of scientific evidence that found “very little” evidence of a link between cancer and the toxic dust cloud that enveloped and then blanketed much of lower Manhattan in the wake of the attacks. The decision will stand until at least 2012, when NIOSH conducts another review.
The Zadroga Act was the last hope for many cancer-stricken Ground Zero first responders who lack adequate health insurance, and who were left out of the World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement, which was approved last year. Parker Waichman Alonso LLP represents 13 of those forgotten heroes, some of whom have cancer and will be left without adequate health coverage because of the NIOSH declaration. The firm continues to urge the federal government to reverse this decision as soon as possible.
For more information regarding Zadroga Act claims and Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Contact: Parker Waichman Alonso LLP
Matthew McCauley, Attorney