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…
Walking through the finish line in San Diego, George Martin was exhausted and happy. The 3,003 mile journey was to raise awareness for the 9/11 rescue workers. Martin, 55, headed up the Journey for 911, a charity to raise money for the 9/11 rescue workers who suffered respiratory problems after working in the dust at the World Trade Center. Martin called the 9/11 more heroic than any professional athlete. Martin said in a statement, “Many who answered our nation’s call for help now cannot even walk up the steps in their own homes due to severe respiratory and other ailments. Some are dying. They deserve our help.”
Not only did Martin raise $2 million with contributions from Maine to California, but the $2 million will be matched by another $2 million in medical services from Hackensack University Medical Center, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Systems and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.
Martin’s journey started on September 16th and took nine months, in which ended in San Diego on Saturday June 21st. Martin went through 24 pairs of shoes, averaging 22 miles per day, and lost 40 lbs along the way. Martin started training 2 months before hand by walking 13 miles a day. Now vice president of sports marketing for AXA Equitable, Martin was inspired and energized meeting different people along the way. Martin said, “the true measure of our success will be when we can substantially raise the national awareness about and funds needed to provide proper care. Most of these rescue and recovery workers are not adequately covered for or are able to obtain the medical care they simply must have.”
The most gratifying part is that Martin raised $4 million for the rescue workers. People all over the nation came together yet again to help those who help others. George’s Charity, A Journey for 911, mission is to help provide health care for the surviving rescue and recovery workers who rushed to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, by raising a minimum of $10 Million.
Napoli Bern Ripka fully supports George Martin for his valiant efforts and encourages him for bringing light to this topic. Many 911 rescue workers have experienced many medical problems due to their working conditions and have yet to be compensated for it. Napoli Bern Ripka is doing everything they can to get the compensation for the rescue workers, and encourages people to participate in the Journey for 911. If you are a 911 rescue worker who is still waiting for compensation for medical bills, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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