Judge Calls New Proposed 9/11 Settlement for First Responders and Rescue Workers a "Very Good Deal"
Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein called the new $625 to $712 million proposed 9/11 settlement for sick first responders and rescue workers a "very good deal" today. Lawyer fees have now been reduced from 33% to 25%, while the actual settlement has been increased significantly. This will put more money in the hands of seriously sick first responders and their loved ones.
Judge Hellerstein has set a hearing for later this month so that all interested parties can comment on the newly proposed settlement. After the initial settlement proposal was publicized this past March, both the Judge and certain rescue worker groups claimed the the settlement was not enough and that lawyer fees were too high. It remains to be seen what groups representing injured workers feel about the new settlement proposal, but no one can argue that seriously ill workers will do better under the current proposal.
If you are a rescue worker or first responder who is currently or potentially sick due to your exposure at Ground Zero, this may be your last opportunity to join the lawsuit. Feel free to call Turley, Redmond and Rosasco Toll Free with any questions at 1-877-693-2529, extension 123.