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Health Benefits and Compensation for Workers Impacted by 9/11

Hotel Voice - January 20, 2017 Share/Save/Bookmark

If you were in lower Manhattan, south of Canal Street, between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, you may be entitled to free healthcare and compensation benefits. The Millennium Hilton, The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, the Downtown Athletic Club, Downtown Association, the Conrad (formerly the Embassy Suites), the former Regent Wall Street and the former Marriott World Trade Center are examples of workplaces located within the eligible exposure zone.

Conditions eligible for free healthcare and compensation include cancer, respiratory illnesses, sleep apnea, and GERD (persistent heartburn). Families of those who passed away from an eligible condition may also be eligible for compensation.

The federal government has provided $12 billion in funding for the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The Health Program provides free monitoring, medication, and treatment, while the Fund provides tax-free compensation as a lump sum payment.

Time is of essence to determine if you are eligible. The Fund is due to expire in 2020 and there are critical filing deadlines. The federal government has provided for $7 billion in compensation. The Fund has already paid over $2 billion to eligible claimants.

Our union’s outside counsel, Pitta LLP, has formed an affiliate firm, Pitta & Baione LLP, to represent individuals seeking 9/11 benefits. Pitta LLP has diligently represented our union for many years and it is a firm in which we have the utmost confidence. For more information, call 844-WTC-COMP or visit online. The firm offers free consultation for those who believe they may be entitled to potential 9/11 benefits and will not charge any legal fees unless and until those benefits are paid.