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Important Information

If you participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center through September 12, 2002, please register your service with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. This will preserve your right to future benefits, should you ever need them.

You should file a WTC-12 form whether you were injured or not, and whether you were employed or volunteered. This includes duty at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers, and the morgues.

Employees and members of entities that participate in the New York State workers' compensation system are eligible. The deadline to register your service is Sept. 11, 2014.
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Toxic Exposure from 9/11 Rescue and Clean-up Operations

If you participated in the rescue or clean-up efforts after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) and are now suffering from the consequences of toxic exposure, you may be entitled to medical and financial assistance. In January of 2011, President Obama signed the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (H.R. 847), also referred to as the Zadroga Act, into law. If you have 9/11 related health conditions, you may be eligible for health care under this new law. You must act quickly, as enrollment in the health program is limited.

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Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern, LLP has helped more than 10,000 firefighters, police officers, EMTs, construction workers and others injured from rescue, recovery and debris removal operations at the WTC site. In the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, our firm stood up for these injured heroes and their families in the largest respiratory disease lawsuit in history. When elected officials and the government failed them, we spent eight years fighting for their rights, in the end securing a landmark settlement of $816.45 million for workers injured by WTC dust.

We believe the heroes who risked their life and limb to take part in post-9/11 clean-up and rescue efforts should not be overlooked. Our Zadroga Act attorneys are here to help you recover the compensation and receive the medical care you need.

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About the Zadroga Act

The Zadroga Act reopened the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to help people and their families who were injured by 9/11 toxins. The billions of claim dollars available are limited each year until either the fund is depleted or the VCF reaches its termination date. The Zadroga Act established the WTC Health Program, which is meant to ensure continued monitoring and treatment for those suffering from 9/11-related health problems through 2015 or even longer. You may be entitled to compensation from the VCF under the Zadroga Act even if you accepted a settlement in the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation.

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Health Conditions Caused by Exposure to Toxic Dust

A large number of people exposed to the 9/11 toxins have already developed serious and fatal health conditions. If you assisted in the Ground Zero rescue or clean-up efforts, you may suffer the consequences now or in the future.

Your doctor may have diagnosed you with conditions such as upper or lower airway disease, acid reflux disease, an obstructive airway disease such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive lung defects such as reactive airways dysfunction syndrome, occupational asthma (WTC cough), sarcoidosis, silicosis or asbestosis. Or, you may have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another form of cancer. All of these conditions have one thing in common: they may jeopardize your health and very life. They may also lead to considerable medical bills and financial problems caused by the cost of medical care combined with lost wages from being unable to work.

The full extent of the health consequences related to WTC dust exposure is still unknown, so your doctor may have diagnosed you with another 9/11 related health condition not listed here. It is important that you find out all the facts since these conditions can prevent you from working to support your family and even enjoying day-to-day activities, all while the medical bills stack up.

If you are a firefighter, police officer, emergency service worker, volunteer, construction worker, clean-up worker, federal employee or city employee who is suffering from a health condition you believe is related to your participation in WTC rescue or clean-up operations, we want to help you. Our attorneys are committed to helping you get the medical care and financial security you deserve for your heroic service to your country.

Representing WTC Clean-Up and Rescue Heroes

The dedicated individuals who contributed to the clean-up and rescue operations after the WTC attack should receive all the assistance they can get. You can trust Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern, LLP to handle your Zadroga Act claim while treating you with compassion and understanding. We have seen the pain, emotional suffering, grief and financial repercussions brought about by exposure to toxins at and around Ground Zero.

Our firm handles claims of this kind at no up-front cost to our clients. We work on a contingent fee basis, meaning we only recover legal fees if we recover compensation on your behalf. The Zadroga Act limits attorneys' fees in connection with the filing of a VCF claim to 10% of the VCF award. Sheila Birnbaum, the Special Master appointed to oversee VCF claims, may further limit attorneys' fees if she feels that 10% constitutes excessive compensation for services rendered on a claim.

Contact our attorneys today to determine if you are eligible for these Zadroga Act benefits or compensation and let us get your claim started today. We will use the knowledge and experience gained from our work on the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation to fight for every penny of compensation you are entitled to from the Zadroga Act VCF.

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