Monday, April 19, 2010

$657 Million Settlement Offered to World Trade Center Workers

The first responders, laborers, and work crews who contributed to rescue efforts and clean-up details at the World Trade Center compound in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have been widely – and rightly – lauded as heroes. Unfortunately, many of these selfless workers got much more than they bargained for when answering the call to serve – a large proportion of them have developed serious illnesses and health problems that are believed to be linked to the toxic conditions that existed at the site in the days and weeks following the attacks.

It was recently announced that a package settlement of $657 million had been offered to the workers involved in a class-action lawsuit against the insurance group set up by Congress to handle such claims. However, unless at least 95% of the more than 10,000 plaintiffs agree to the settlement, the proffered sum will be rescinded. If the settlement is disbursed, most of the funds awarded in the case will be drawn from a $1 billion grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

If you or a family member has been harmed in a crisis or catastrophic incident, we can help. Contact the attorneys at The Heller Law Firm for a free consultation, or call us direct at 866-461-5791. You will hear from us either the same day or within 24 hours.