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WTC Clean-Up Workers Get Additional Aid

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About 10,000 “rescue and cleanup workers” employed by New York City to clean up ground zero after the World Trade Center attacks, had a recent judicial ruling go in their favor. According to the New York Times, the workers responsible for cleaning up the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks have been stricken with a variety of serious illnesses.

A settlement was reached back in March but was later rejected by a federal judge. In addition to the physical and mental constraints, the workers have also had to pay expensive legal fees:

A federal judge rejected an earlier settlement in March as inadequate. After nearly three months of renegotiations, the city’s insurer, the WTC Captive Insurance Company, has agreed to increase its payout to plaintiffs to $712.5 million. The previous terms called for payouts of $575 million to $657.5 million.

The workers sued the city and its contractors six years ago over respiratory illnesses and other injuries they say they suffered at the World Trade Center site in the 9/11 rescue and cleanup effort, arguing that they were not given protective equipment or adequate supervision.

In addition to the trauma sustained by the victims of 9/11, the disaster’s first responders sustained significant trauma as well. Hopefully this most-recent settlement will help thousands of workers find some form of closure to their ongoing struggles:

Kenneth R. Feinberg, the former special master of the federal compensation fund that paid awards to families of 9/11 victims in a separate process, said, “This settlement brings to an end one of the final chapters of the 9/11 tragedy.”

Paul Napoli, a lawyer representing thousands of the firefighters, said the new deal “can be described in three words: bigger and better.”

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June 13, 2010 at 9:57 am

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