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Sick September 11 Workers Sue $1 Billion Insurance Fund

Ailing Ground Zero workers are going to court to demand that the company overseeing a $1 billion Sept. 11 insurance fund uses it to pay...
July 25, 2007

Ailing Ground Zero workers are going to court to demand that the company overseeing a $1 billion Sept. 11 insurance fund uses it to pay for their health care. Attorneys for the workers argue that federal officials meant for the money in the WTC Captive Insurance Co., to be used as compensation for sick workers. The workers already have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the toxic dust from the World Trade Center site gave them serious, possibly fatal diseases.

The latest action, expected to be filed Tuesday, seeks compensation from the company in charge of money appropriated by Congress to deal with Sept. 11 health-related claims. City officials have long said that the money must first be used to litigate claims before it goes to workers. But attorneys filing the lawsuit in Manhattan's state Supreme Court argue that the money was created to reimburse the ailing workers - not fight them in court. Congress directed the FEMA in 2003 to appropriate up to $1 billion "to establish a captive insurance company or other appropriate insurance mechanism for claims arising from debris removal, which may include claims made by city employees." More than 100 of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have died of respiratory diseases since September 11, 2001.

Ground Zero Workers Sue Sept. 11 Insurance Fund (Fox News 7/17/07)

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