Lawyers Give Joint Seminar on Ground Zero Workers' Compensation Claims and LawsuitsMonday, February 5, 2007
It was my pleasure to give a seminar recently to volunteer firefighters at the Bellmore Fire District on Long Island about their rights to workers’ compensation (even as volunteers) under the new 9/11 Rescue Workers’ Law. Andrew Carboy and Beth Jablon of Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo also gave an excellent presentation on the rights of the volunteer firefighters to sue the City of New York if they worked at Ground Zero and later develop cancer or breathing problems. For instance, I met one firefighter who developed tongue cancer after working at Ground Zero but had never touched a cigarette in his life. Unfortunately, such stories are becoming more and more common these days as I field these unfortunate callers on almost a daily basis.
The firehouse was packed and we handed out many Workers’ Compensation Ground Zero registration forms and many firefighters completed the forms right then and there. I thank both Andy Carboy and Joe Pusateri, Esq. for asking me to assist with this presentation. As of today, there are only 189 days left to register with the Workers’ Compensation Board. Even if you are not ill now, please download this form today and send it to the New York Workers’ Compensation Board ASAP. It could be a free disability or life insurance policy for your family. If you have questions about how to fill out the form, do not hesitate to call our office at 1-877-NY-DBLAW.