As we approach the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, legal and health issues arising out of Ground Zero continue to top the headlines. First, NYCOSH has announced a press conference for next Tuesday, 9/4/07, at 11:00 am at the South entrance to PATH trains at the former World Trade Center site on Church Street. The press conference, which will include New York State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith, Art Wilcox of the AFL-CIO and representatives of Senate Majority leader Joe Bruno, will announce a new subway poster campaign encouraging 9/11 Rescue, Recovery and Cleanup Workers and Volunteers to register for benefits with the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. We will report any additional information after the press conference.
As previously reported on the New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance website, the deadline to register for these benefits has been extended until August 14, 2008. You can download a World Trade Center Registration Form here. In addition, this week saw an important Newsday article reporting about a new New York City Department of Health study showing that Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers have a 12 times higher incidence of asthma. This bolsters the anecdotal evidence and filing of claims by our workers’ compensation attorneys for WTC workers over the past few years.
Our workers’ compensation lawyers continue to work daily with Ground Zero rescue, recovery and cleanup workers and volunteers to protect their rights to future medical attention. The new poster campaign will help those who have not yet registered. Remember- you should register now even if you are still healthy to protect your rights later. If you have any questions, call toll free 1-877-NY-DBLAW to speak to one of our attorneys for a free consultation.