The Law firm of McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson & Riordan LLP successfully argued and established causally related death as a result of toxic exposure from the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The claimant, a Local 40 electrician, selflessly chose to volunteer his services following the attacks on the World Trade Center. He spent two days volunteering and was instrumental in removal of steel beams and debris on the pile. Even though the claimant was only at Ground Zero for two days, that exposure was enough to cause malignant melanoma which metastasized to his chest, abdomen, bones, adrenal glands, and lymph nodes. That exposure to the carcinogens at Ground Zero was proven to have significantly contributed to the development of the claimant’s metastatic malignant melanoma and ultimately, his untimely death. As a result the surviving widow and children received a retroactive award of $155,000.00 as well continued lifetime benefits for the surviving widow.
Thank you to our late claimant and all of the other brave men and women who risked their lives, most giving the ultimate sacrifice, in the name of our country’s and city’s safety.
–Written by Timothy Finnegan, Associate Attorney.
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A number of news publications in New York have released articles begging the same question: Why isn’t NYCERS doing more for workers who were involved in 9/11 rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations?
The links below aren’t the first of the articles. It goes without saying that one article written about this is one too many. They all come to the same conclusion, stating that NYCERS isn’t doing enough to look at, or even consider, 9/11 Disability cases. Statistically, more of these claims are being denied than approved-that is if claims are looked at in any reasonable amount of time. Workers affected in the Battery Park neighborhood were given the right in November to sue the Battery Park City Authority for not working faster with their claims. No one should have to sue their city to be able to receive benefits for working under such tragic conditions. One FDNY EMT’s claim was denied twice, written about in an article linked below. An article written by The Chief Leader described a “lack of coordination” between NYCERS and the Victims Compensation Fund.
These are six articles from 3 different publications, all ending with the same answer: There is no rhyme or reason why more isn’t being done for those who have sustained 9/11-related illnesses.
Labor Department denies ex-OSHA inspector workers’ compensation as other agencies accept his 9/11 illness
NYCERS, WTC Disability Advocates Meet About Improving Responsiveness
Stop stalling on WTC sick: U.S. Labor Department and NYCERS are failing 9/11 victims
City is denying 9/11 first responders disability pensions
WTC Health Program Doctor Concerned About Benefit Denials
9/11 Cleanup Workers Can Sue Over Health Claims, Court Rules