The Zadroga Bill, a long awaited federal law which will provide health care, medical monitoring and financial compensation for World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers, is about to become a reality.
The Bill will allow the 9/11 victims to file claims in a new Victims’
Compensation Fund where the claims will be adjudicated by a special master. While the Bill is a huge step in the right direction, it will likely limit what the victims will receive because it will not be an unlimited fund. The special master will not only have to determine what each victim will receive, but will also have to consider how best to allocate the fund’s resources. In this regard, the “new” fund is different from the original 9/11 victims’ compensation fund, which
did not have an artificial limit. While Kenneth Feinberg fulfilled his obligations to the taxpayers in how he issued awards in the original fund, he did not have to artificially cap awards.
Victims need to protect their rights. The claims must be properly prepared, which may take months to do and aggressively presented to the fund. If you are suffering from exposure to toxins at ground zero, you should be taking the steps now to make sure your claim is timely presented to the fund and done in the best possible manner.