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9/11 Responders Will Get Millions From NYC

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And they deserve every cent!

More than 10,000 workers were exposed to tons of toxic dust in the aftermath of 9/11 and their legal battle with New York City in a joint a settlement worth at least $625 million.

The deal will resolve most of the lawsuits over NYC's failure to provide protective equipment to construction workers, police officers and firefighters who spent months clearing and sifting through rubble at ground zero.

Thousands claimed that soot at the site got into their lungs and made them extremely ill.

"This settlement is a fair and just resolution of these claims, protecting those who came to the aid of this City when we needed it most," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Paul Napoli, a senior partner with the law firm representing most of the workers, called the settlement "the best result, given the uncertainty of protracted litigation."

It will provide at least $625 million to the workers, although deals with other defendants, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will likely boost that total to over $725 million.

Most of the money will come from the $1 billion fund set up by Congress and paid-for by taxes.

The U.S. Senate is considering legislation, which was already passed in the House, that would authorize $7.4 billion in additional medical care and payments to the sick.

Several NY lawmakers that sponsored the bill gave the following statement:

"Nearly everyone agrees that the settlement does not provide adequate funding to fully compensate those who are injured among the more than 10,500 plaintiffs in this case, nor does it cover the tens of thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors who are injured but have not filed lawsuits."

The sad thing is that legal fees will eat about a quarter of the money available to plaintiffs.

We hope the sick get the help they need and the money to support their families! We owe them that!

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18 comments to “9/11 Responders Will Get Millions From NYC”



  1. 1

    comes to about $ 65 k each. nothing, really, if you count in permanent health problems, and the costs for them.

  2. Scrib says – reply to this


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    what does this have to do with entertainment and hollywood?



  3. 3

    Finally !!! 10 years after… And how many people had the time to be kill by their illness ? Will all the families be paid ??

    Here in France, we criticize a lot the power, and we're always striking for everything, but everyone has the right to have healthcare at anytime he needs it ! No one die because of illness, unless there is no cure for it…



  4. 4

    Yat ym ms. Would love to get some P.W. with you today. 46 ms bg



  5. 5

    After the attorneys fees at 33 1/3% and approx 25% in expenses that will leave approx 32,670 for each plaintiff. Not a whole lot in the grand scheme of what took place. The real part of the settlement will be what it will cost in future medical and whether or not NYC will be forced to pay for that.



  6. 6

    Re: demos987 – mario/perez cannot multiply/add/nordivide and demo, although that, if divided EQUALLY AMONG 10,000 is $62K each, which it won't, since it all depends how sick you are, etc. You forgot all about the friendly, hard working SHARKS, otherwise known as Lawyers. What they can get has been cut down by the courts, but they are still getting hundreds of millions out of this settlement. I am disabled, went from a professional job to one of the poor. A settlement like this, which I got, IS NOTHING. Less than a year's pay. Unless you are with the fire dept. or police dept, disablity pay, SUCKS. That settlement, which is supposed to go to MEDICAL CARE, ETC. is not even going to THEIR ENJOYMENT MARIO, most of these people did not want to take it, but, it was THIS OR NOTHING.



  7. 7

    Contrary to what people think. this is not an equal distribution settlement. According to the news, the distribution will be according to the severity of the illness so it may take a couple more years to determine who gets how much. It was reported that some may get as much as a a million dollar and others as low as $3k but undoubtedly the lawyers get the biggest chunk of the settlement….. that's why most people hate lawyers b/c they feed on the misery of others.



  8. 8

    And the THOUSANDS of NON-OFFICIAL RESPONDERS, who helped just as much, GET ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!



  9. 9

    Legal fees will eat up 25%, and the Non-Profiteers with their "How do you feel?" Circle Group Therapy Counseling nonsense will eat up another 50%, leaving 25% to go for funeral costs.



  10. 10

    On the day, I was totally dismayed watching the "laddermen" going into the buildings to what must have been a near certain death in their own minds, add to that the quality of gear they were using, which looked ten years beyond its sell by date and I conclude this settlement is an insult.



  11. 11

    The responders have already been seperated into their tiers of severity. My father has been placed into tier 4 (worse off responders) they are the ones receiving an average of 75k ( before the snakes get their hands on it). My father was told he should receive about 40k and a life insurance policy for the amount of 500k to be cashed in only if he dies from Ground Zero related injury. Bottom tier people will only be receiving a few thousand each.



  12. 12

    I fell off a ladder one time sanding some drywall and it was tragic. Wheres my
    fucking money?

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


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    I was shocked to see the responders cleaning up without adequate masks. I knew there would probably be problems later regardless of what the powers that be said about the safety, having worked in the chemical industry for years at one time. I've learned that it's always better safe than sorry when working around unknowns, and advise any and all to buy your own post disaster protection just to be sure if there's even a sliver of doubt.



  14. 14

    Don't forget the scientology vultures wanting to get their hands on some of that money. They've been trying with their phony baloney detox program.



  15. 15

    While it is unfortunate that the only ones who will really benefit financially are the lawyers, how much do you think the settlement would have been had they not been involved? And imagine how much longer the process would have been had the city endeavored to settle with each claimant individually. Many people don't realize you can negotiate the amount of commission you will pay your lawyers (for example, if the offer was $X, the lawyers only commission the monies above the offer) and the right to audit and dispute their expenses/charges.



  16. 16

    My father actually works for CAL OSHA (occupational safety and health administration) and was sent from California to New York to see to it that workers, firefighters wore protectional masks. States from all over sent OSHA and other safety teams to provide help and protection.

    Many of the fire fighters and workers disregarded these procautions and safety procedures and went in without protection, refusing to putting it on, ignoring the fact that OSHA was there. I don't blame the workers for what happened… there probably should have been even more safety regulations that were enforced. BUT to say it was not there was just false..

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    Re: pandaco – Interesting. I didn't say the equipment wasn't there. I was shocked to see them without the masks with what I know. I'm glad you posted. Your dad did due diligence. I'm pretty sure I heard various talking t.v. heads minimizing any possible danger, and many in authority saying it was safe. Perhaps if the men heard instead that there was a goodly risk, and it was emphasized, they might have worn the equipment provided.



  18. 18

    They deserve every penny!