Settlement Reached In Ground Zero Injury Lawsuit

Settlement Reached In Ground Zero Injury Lawsuit

Settlement Reached In Ground Zero Injury Lawsuit

A lawsuit against the City of New York and its contractors will be dismissed after more than 95% of plaintiffs agreed to the terms of a $625 million settlement.  The lawsuit stems from the rescue, recovery, and cleanup of the 2001 September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Settlement negotiations have been taking place for more than two years in a case that pitted relief workers and others who suffered injuries during the aftermath of 9/11 against the city they worked hard to restore.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the “settlement is a fair and just resolution,” and that they city will continue to provide care and support to those who were present or working at Ground Zero.

According to terms of the settlement, compensation will be determined based on the severity of each plaintiffs reported illness and the likelihood it is connected to working at the WTC.  Claims of death from working at the site could reach $1.5 million in compensation each, while other debilitating illnesses connected with recovery work are expected to reach just over $1 million.  Plaintiffs who have no injury but do have a legal claim for fearing future illness will receive $3,250.  All eligible plaintiffs will also be enrolled in a special insurance policy paying benefits for certain illnesses up to $100,000.

Plaintiffs will have to provide proof for injury or illness claims, including a review by a panel of independent physicians.  An Allocation Neutral, an independent third party, will be in charge of determining individual settlement amounts as a way to keep the process transparent.  Plaintiffs may appeal the Allocation Neutral’s decision to the Claims Appeal Neutral whose decisions are binding.


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