Deadline Approaching For 9/11 First Responders To Receive Benefits


Deadline Approaching For 9/11 First Responders To Receive Benefits

June 07, 2007

A group of city employees who worked at the World Trade Center site after the September 11th terrorist attacks gathered at City Hall Thursday to get the word out about applying for disability benefits.

The deadline is coming up and those who spent time in the pit, at Fresh Kills or in the temporary morgue are urging others to act before they lose their chance.

They say anyone who's feeling sick from working at those locations between September 11th, 2001 and September 12th, 2002 – and has documentation to prove it – is entitled to apply.

"There are thousands of rescue workers and recovery workers out there who need to get their paperwork in, to file to get their pensions changed from regular pension to disability pension,” said first responder Glen Klein.

"There've been different numbers, but about 113,000 people worked at Ground Zero,” said Sean Riordan, an attorney. “Approximately 13,000 – which was the last number given to me – had put in the notice of participation."

August 14th is the filing deadline for workers' compensation claims.

The deadline for municipal workers looking to change their pensions is June 13th.

Meanwhile, $50 million has been included in a labor bill for the World Trade Center Monitoring and Treatment Program.

Members of Congress added the money, which would fund medical monitoring and treatment of those exposed to the World Trade Center site on and after September 11th. It's in addition to $50 million approved for the fund last month.

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks.

Anyone looking for more information is urged to go to the workers' comp website at p website at

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