CNN: 10,000 claims over 9/11 illness, injuries settled

10,000 claims over 9/11 illness, injuries settled
By Jamie Guzzardo, CNN
March 11, 2010 10:28 p.m. EST

New York (CNN) -- The WTC Captive Insurance Co. announced settlements Thursday with more than 10,000 plaintiffs who claimed sickness or injuries after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The settlements could total up to $657 million.

WTC Captive was created with a $1 billion FEMA grant and provides insurance coverage to the City of New York and its debris-removal contractors. In the aftermath of attacks of September 11, 2001, New York was unable to get adequate amounts of liability insurance for the rescue, recovery and debris-removal work done at the World Trade Center site.

The settlement would provide a system to pay for the compensation of the injury claims made by people working on the rescue and debris removal for the city and its contractors. This would include construction workers, firefighters, police officers and other workers and volunteers. The settlement would also fund a special insurance policy, which provides additional compensation to any plaintiff contracting certain types of cancer in the future.

Christine LaSala, president of WTC Captive, said in a statement: "We have reached a settlement that is fair under difficult and complicated circumstances. This agreement enables workers and volunteers claiming injury from the WTC site operations to obtain compensation commensurate with the nature of their injuries and the strength of their claims, while offering added protection against possible future illness."

In order to make a claim, plaintiffs will have to submit proof they were present and participated in the post-9/11 efforts. They will also have to present specific medical documentation, including a diagnosis confirming their illness or injury.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said of the resolution, "This settlement is a fair and reasonable resolution to a complex set of circumstances. Since September 11th, the city has moved aggressively to provide medical treatment to those who were present at Ground Zero, and we will continue our commitment to treatment and monitoring." A spokesman for the mayor declined further comment.

After the 9/11 attacks, individuals who worked or volunteered in the rescue, recovery and debris-removal project were entitled to and have received free medical care, which has been funded by the City of New York and the federal government. Participating in the settlement would not deter access to that care.

Former New York firefighter Kenny Specht told CNN's Campbell Brown, "You really can't put a price on your health, so I hope that this settlement was done the right way and I hope that it was done with people's health and safety and future in mind." Specht, 37, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2008.

[ Thanks to The Iconoclast for sending this our way]

WTC Victims Fund

Who side is Bloomberg on anyway? He supports Lucky Larry and that is scary...huh, Scary Larry, thats my new name for him. Perhaps this legal exposure will open more doors for first respoders/911 workers to make further comments regarding their suspicions as to what happened that day. This legal forum could be good opportunity to segway into other 9/11 issues.

As a side note, Scary Larry and PA time is running out to hammer out a deal re: the WTC construction. If Scary cant get more money in the deal he loses the project to the PA. Chris Ward the 4th project manager has indicated the PA isnt financing Scary Larry.

CBC news website.

Same here at CBC News website.
Good comments by the way. More Truth seekers every time a story like this comes out these days. Proof that 911 truth is a one way street. Once you take the red pill there is now way of returning to blissful ignorance.

Avoiding the Evidence

I knew that these cases would never come to trial because the government doesn't want the public to know what is in the lungs of the brave First Responders! Toxic metals and traces of explosives.

Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth

"I knew that these cases would never come to trial because the government doesn't want the public to know what is in the lungs of the brave First Responders! Toxic metals and traces of explosives."

Couldn't these people organize some examinations?

a little bone is thrown our way

they're hoping we'll all shut up now

Powder payment

Dont these responders and 911 workers really know whats happening? The are a critical key to opening the door for more investigation.

Is Scary Larry the only guy Bloomberg supports?

Paterson, come on man get it together!!!


... how difficult would it to have some of these thousands of people examined for the types of contaminants their bodies contain?

I mean, if WTC dust contains traces of active thermitic material, and these people worked for days inhaling the dust, couldn't the same particles be found in, say, cavities of their lungs, or something? If so, here we'd have evidence the source of which would be incontrovertible, and the information gained could also help in treating the people in question.

I don't get this. Why the lackluster attitude to examining these people? Especially now that we do have Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth.

David Ray Griffin actually suggested this to some people from that group. The idea didn't take on.