World Trade Center Settlement Gets Backing Needed to Take Effect
– New York Law Journal
(November 22, 2010) Enough plaintiffs have accepted a massive settlement of claims alleging respiratory and other health problems from the post-9/11 response and cleanup at the World Trade Center site to seal the deal. Read more…
10,563 Ground Zero 9/11 Workers Agree On $625 Million Settlement
– Medical News Today
(November 21, 2010) 10,563 ground zero workers who inhaled toxic dust and risked health consequences have agreed on a $625 settlement and ceased suing - the amount could go as high as $815 million.
9/11 Health Deal Gets OK
– The Wall Street Journal
(November 20, 2010) More than 95% of Ground Zero workers agreed to accept a settlement of long-running litigation over respiratory diseases and other injuries suffered in recovery operations following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
Deal settles most lawsuits over WTC toxic dust
– The Associated Press (AP)
(November 19, 2010) A deal reached by New York City and workers exposed to toxic dust that blanketed ground zero after Sept. 11 will resolve an overwhelming majority of the lawsuits over the city's failure to provide protective equipment to the responders. Read more…
Ground Zero workers exposed to toxic dust take pay deal
(November 19, 2010) Thousands of workers exposed to toxic dust after the 2001 terror attacks in New York have accepted a legal settlement and ceased litigation. Read more…
Lawyers: Sickened 9/11 Workers Reach Settlement Deal With City
(November 19, 2010) By Friday, more than 10,000 people who became ill from working conditions at the World Trade Center site following the September 11th terrorist attacks had accepted a settlement deal with the city. Read more…
Today’s date is 9/11/2008; exactly seven years ago two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City. Exactly seven years ago today, thousands of people lost their lives. Today many people are going to take a time out from their lives and truly reflect on the happenings that occurred seven years ago. Ceremonies around the world are taking place; memorials are filling up with people paying their respects, while our hearts are filling up with the sorrow that once struck us seven years ago today. "Today marks the seventh anniversary of the day our world was broken," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the start of the ceremony, calling Sept. 11, 2001, a "day that began like any other and ended as none ever has." This statement alone sends chills up my spine as I ponder what our future is going to be like. Seven years ago our world was broken, like Mayor Bloomberg said, however one question looms in my mind, where are we today.
After the attacks seven years ago have we made any strides to prevent happenings like this to occur. Have we followed through with our mission to ensure the safety of our nation? What we have done since the happenings seven years ago is engage in war. Whether right or wrong, this occurrence has also happened contributing to different strives than we might have thought. In the seven years since the attacks have happened where have we made progress, and where have we not. These issues also need to be reflected on so that we see where we have come from and we see where we need to go.
The thousands of volunteers that have helped with the cleanup of the World Trade Center are a large part to where we stand today. The memorial service held at ground service was done to remember those who have lost their lives due to the events that happened on that day. What about those who have suffered after 9/11 due to working conditions on the WTC site. They also put their lives on the line with fellow firemen, policemen, and other braves soles that did everything they could to help. The 7th anniversary of 9/11 remembers all of these people who have helped in any way shape or form. It is also hard to control feelings of frustration, anger, and fear about the entire situation.
You can’t help notice when looking at the WTC site, that it is a long ways off from being done. But on this day it does not matter, all that matters is that we have faith in our country and faith in those who have left us on this day seven years ago. The 7th anniversary of 9/11 is attributed to those who have lost their lives and those who continue to fight. It is up to us as a nation to not forget and keep on keeping on, we at least owe that much to the victims of 9/11.
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