Last week the New York Daily News had an excellent story by Heidi Evans detailing the battle 9/11 responder Daniel Arrigo has gone through to obtain his workers’ compensation benefits. Here we are – nearly 8 years since the World Trade Center tragedy – and insurance companies are now to fighting 9/11 workers comp claims harder than ever as the spotlight has shifted from terrorism to the economy. Give the New York Daily News credit for keeping the spotlight shining bright on the health of WTC first responders and volunteers.
In a follow-up to the Daily News article, I was interviewed by the leading trade publication on workers’ compensation issues, Workcompcentral, on Mr. Arrigo’s case. In the article, I stated that Mr. Arrigo’s plight is "sadly familiar" to those of us attorneys who handle 9/11 Ground Zero claims on a regular basis. Sadly, there are many more "Daniel Arrigos" out there in need of experienced Ground Zero workers’ compensation lawyers because insurance companies fight legitimate claims with one hand, while asking for taxpayer bailouts with the other. Disgusting!