Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Does the Zadroga Act Cover?

Many of us remember exactly where we were on September 11, 2001. In January 2011, this year, Congress enacted the Zadroga Act, a new act to provide compensation for the rescue workers, the cleanup workers, the construction workers, the volunteers, the workers on the barges carrying the debris, and workers at the Staten Island landfill where the twin tower rubble was entombed. This act also provides coverage for a larger geographic area than did the initial September 11th 2001 Victim's Compensation Act. The lengthy feature article in today's New York times (click on the title) discusses the Zadroga Act and what it does and does not cover. That Act, enacted in January 2011 and named after a police detective who took part in the rescue efforts and later developed breathing complications, provides $4.3 billion to compensate and treat persons with 9/11 related illnesses. Is PTSD covered under the Act? If the government finds a link between 9/11 dust and cancer, will there be money left in the fund to treat PTSD? These questions are being asked as the 10th Anniversary of September 11th approaches and as the regulations governing the Zadroga Act are in the process of being finalized. The Zadroga Act, and its inclusions and exclusions, will be discussed by the Act's Special Master Sheila Birnbaum in a live webinar on September 8, 2011, along with Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, who presided over all litigation stemming from September 11th, and Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who presided over the Victim's Compensation Fund established in 2001. This live webinar is part of a series of 10 teleconferences presented by ABA TIPS to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. Please join us on September 8, 2011 by clicking here to register for this and the other commemorative teleconferences. To register at a 20% discount package deal for all teleconferences, click hereThey will be informative and worthwhile. Thank you.

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