Cuomo signs law that aids responders with 9/11 illnesses

Gov. Cuomo approved a new law Monday to aid responders stricken with 9-11 health-related illnesses.

Cuomo took a break from his annual motorcycle ride to Ground Zero on Monday to sign the legislation, which provides line-of-duty sick leave to those with conditions related to their response to the World Trade Center attacks.

The measure, passed by the legislature this year, means those sickened or injured during rescue, recovery or cleanup won’t have to use their regular sick leave to care for their conditions.

“They paid literally with their health to help New Yorkers and the state of New York is going to be there for them 100 percent,” Cuomo said just before signing the bill into law. “Our message is ‘We will always have your back. Sacrifice is a two-way street.’”

The state will reimburse municipalities and authorities for the cost.

Lawmakers applauded the move.

“Over the last sixteen years, these brave individuals have faced, and are currently facing, a multitude of health issues that require several doctor visits and time off,” the bill’s sponsors, Democratic Assemblyman Peter Abbate and Republican Senator Martin Golden, both of Brooklyn, said in a memo of support.

“Although we cannot cure them of their illnesses, we must recognize their ultimate sacrifice and try our best to help them during these difficult times,” they added.

Source: NY Post

SEptember 11th Victim Compensation fund -What is it?

If you were injured from the aftermath of 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, you may be eligible for compensation by filing damage claims. Napoli Shkolnik PLLC specializes in these claims and has represented over 10,000 first responders, emergency workers and personnel against the airlines who negligently allowed the 9/11 hijackers to board their planes. Fearing that such litigation could effectively bankrupt commercial carriers, lawmakers created the 9/11 VCF Fund. As of the end of 2016, this fund had paid over $2 billion in compensation to 9/11 victims in New York and elsewhere; about half that money went to injured first responders. The Special Master in charge of the victims’ compensation fund is currently working through a backlog of cases, meaning that now is an excellent time to file a claim for damages.


Many 9/11 victims in New York sustained a wide variety of injuries to their bodies and spirits. Both types of injuries are eligible for 9/11 VCF awards. Some common injuries include:

Trauma Wounds: Typically, only victims at or near Ground Zero at or near 9:00am on 9/11 are eligible for Victims Compensation Fund awards for head injuries, broken bones, deaths caused by falling objects, and other such injuries.

Mental Health Issues: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the most commonly-diagnosed illness on a list that also includes adjustment disorder, depression, panic disorder, and even some forms of substance abuse.

Musculoskeletal Health: Only 9/11 emergency responders can obtain WTC VCF awards for lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other similar conditions.

Cancer: There are over fifty types of cancer on the approved conditions list, most notably including any “rare” cancer that occurs in fewer than 15 individuals per 100,000 population. These types of lung conditions caused by 9-11 include mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.


Some of the most experienced 9/11 injury lawyers in New York are right here at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC. Our savvy professionals will quickly evaluate your claim, collect the necessary evidence, file all appropriate claims forms and paperwork, and then aggressively represent you before the SM. Call today for a free consultation.