The September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center left lower Manhattan in ruins, the country’s financial system frozen and the nation terrorized. America called upon its police officers, firemen, EMS technicians, construction workers, and hazardous substance handlers to rescue the injured, recover the fallen, clean away the substances, and decontaminate the surrounding buildings of the toxic World Trade Center debris. Despite the bravery and hard work of these heroes, our elected officials, property owners, contractors, and employers ignored the long-term health hazards of the toxic World Trade Center debris, and permitted and encouraged those workers to work without the necessary and legally mandated safety protection.
The result of this disregard for the safety of these workers is now becoming manifest. Thousands of workers are suffering from respiratory illness such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, RADS, sinusitis and lung masses. Others have been diagnosed with GERDs, ulcers and colon polyps. Many are developing cancers, and other debilitating illnesses. Some have died.
Gregory J. Cannata & Associates, LLP with its partner, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm, represent approximately 1,000 claimants in the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Gregory J. Cannata & Associates, LLP also represented approximately 100 plaintiffs in lawsuits before the Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Together, they have achieved $100 million in recoveries for their clients.
Please see the law firms’ Victim Compensation Fund website for additional information on the Victim Compensation Fund and the law firm’s handling of those claims.