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…
Now that it has been over seven years ago that the happenings of 9/11 first occurred, people are wondering if their scars are ever going to heal? And when I say people I mean victim’s families, the NYPD, firefighters, those who were in one of the WTC buildings and managed to get out in time & those who didn’t, those who donated, volunteer workers, and the rest of the human race who have been effects by the events. They, we, are the people who are trying to deal with what has happened and determine what we need to do to continue on. Many people are still dealing with grief and many still are outraged. Outraged at the fact that the volunteer working at the WTC site still haven’t seen any funding from the WTC captive fund. Thousands of workers that chose to go to the WTC site after 9/11 to help clean up have been subjected to toxins in the air that have caused severe respiratory complications. The fact of the matter is that over $1 billion dollars was put away into the WTC captive fund to help with aid of the volunteer workers. However most harmed WTC workers have not seen a cent.
It is unfortunate that our economy is the way it is, because do to the current events on Wall Street it is going to be that much harder for these volunteer WTC workers to get the aid that they need. The fact is that these volunteers are now out of work from any type of job because they are not able to go to work because of their injuries from working on the WTC site. Due to last week’s events on Wall Street money that has been set aside by the government is probably going to be put towards the recent bailout. However, where does this leave the people that put their lives on the line for not only the victims of 9/11, but NYC, the State of New York, and the country as a hole? In order for our government to prove that what they put in word is truthful, payouts need to be made to these WTC workers who have suffered.
We are living through trying times from not only the state of the economy, but also do to the uncertainty of the upcoming election. Since the race is so close, the fate of our country is up in the hands of the voters. The difference between the two parties is detrimental which means that the ultimate fate of the country lies in us the voters who must fully understand the politics of each issue and as a whole and make an educated decision based on own principles. For we must put the fate of the country in each other’s hands if we want to succeed first as a country and second as individuals. In order for the WTC captive fund to be distributed to those who need it the most, people must be willing to stand up to those holding the ticket.
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