New York, New York (PRWEB) March 12, 2012
The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP continues to stand by the heroes of 9/11, and has pledged not to abandon any of its Zadroga Act clients. According to a report published by the New York Post, some law firms that made hundreds of millions of dollars representing sickened Ground Zero responders in the World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement are now refusing to represent those same clients when they seek to file compensation claims under the federal Zadroga Act. For its part, Parker Waichman LLP will continue to assist any injured or sickened Ground Zero first responder with Zadroga Act claims, regardless of their participation in the World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement.
The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which became law in December 2010, 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 9/11 terrorist 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.
According to the New York Post, law firms that represented World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement claimants were entitled to collect a 25 percent fee for those services. By law, attorneys are forbidden from further billing those clients for assistance with Zadrogra Act claims, though nothing in the Act prevents any law firm from representing 9/11 responders in both types of claims. However, according to the Post report, the Zadroga Act’s limits on legal fees have prompted some law firms to refuse to further assist their World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement clients. [nypost.com/p/news/local/law_firm_abandons_victims_h8cQLMaGr8BbEIqd2wviDN?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Local]
Parker Waichman LLP, however, has vowed to continue representing any 9/11 first responder who requires assistance with Zadroga Act claims, regardless of its ability to bill clients for those services.
“Many of our clients played an instrumental role in the passage of the Zadroga Act, and they continue to work with us to include Cancer as a covered injury. Just as we have not given up on adding Cancer, we will never give up on any of our clients,” states Matthew McCauley, who is the leading attorney in the WTC/Zadroga group at Parker Waichman LLP and a former NYPD Officer and WTC First Responder. “We are also representing an Air Traffic Controller pro bono who has been excluded from PTSD benefits because he was not physically at a site, despite being in contact with one of the United Airline flights until the end. While it’s true for all of our clients, this group truly exemplifies our belief that it is not just business – it’s personal. We want these first responders to get what they need and justly deserve.”
Parker Waichman 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.
For more information regarding Zadroga Act claims and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Herb Waichman, Partner