NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Parker Waichman LLP lauds the efforts of Dr. Michael Crane to focus attention on the difficulties faced by those seeking benefits related to the 9/11 tragedy. Parker Waichman LLP represents 9/11 responders whose applications for pension disability benefits have been denied, as well as Manhattan community members and workers from the affected area who suffered ill health effects related to 9/11.
Director of the Mt. Sinai World Trade Center Health Program Center of Excellence Warns of 9/11 Employee Pension Failures
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Dr. Michael Crane, Director of the Mt. Sinai World Trade Center Health Program Center of Excellence, has spoken out about serious deficiencies in conducting medical screenings of those who work and live near the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. Dr. Crane also had focused attention on the low approval rate of disability pension applications from city and state pension programs. According to Dr. Crane, more NY state and city applications for pensions have been denied than approved, which has caused first responders to incur significant legal fees to engage in fights for benefits that can last years.
State Coverage – The World Trade Center (WTC) Disability Law
Gov. George E. Pataki signed a 2005 bill into law that established a presumption that workers involved in the cleanup of the twin towers tragedy would be entitled to disability payments if they subsequently developed certain medical conditions like serious skin conditions, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. Under the law, the civil service worker would receive disability amounting to three-quarters of his or her final average salary if the worker had logged a minimum of forty hours at the disaster site.
Federal Coverage – The Zadroga Act
The Zadroga Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2011. The law authorized both screening and medical coverage for survivors living and working in the vicinity of the affected area of Manhattan and emergency responders. The law has since been reauthorized, which extended the screening and medical benefits through 2090.
Parker Waichman LLP is committed to representing responders whose applications for pension disability benefits have been denied, as well as Manhattan community members who have been denied health screening and medical care benefits. We laud the efforts of Dr. Crane to focus attention on the difficulties faced by those seeking benefits related to the 9/11 tragedy. If you feel that your legal rights were violated, the firm offers free, no-obligation legal consultations. For more information, you can visit their website or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636). (For more information, please visit https://www.yourlawyer.com/911-zadroga-act/).
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