Immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, thousands of selfless individuals bravely ventured to the site of Ground Zero to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts. Unfortunately, many of these rescue and recovery workers performed this heroic work without any protective equipment and without the proper clothing that we now know was necessary to keep them safe from the toxic debris and dust that they sifted through in order to save as many lives as possible. As a result many rescuers and recovery workers became ill and suffered various long term and permanent injuries.
Under the law as it existed from 2001 through September 2009, rescue and recovery workers who suffered injuries or health problems as a result of their work at Ground Zero had only 90 days from September 11, 2001 to file a claim for compensation with the City of New York. This requirement resulted in the rejection of claims brought by thousands of workers whose injur