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