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9-11 workers settle long-fought claim with New York City

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Over 95 percent of workers suing the city of New York and contractors over health damages resulting from the 9-11 rescue and recovery effort have approved a claim settlement. Now, after a seven-year effort for many of the workers making claims, the end is in sight, and a minimum of $625 million in payments can be made to the workers.

Long legal battle over for 9-11 workers in New York City

A 95 percent approval was necessary for the settlement to be accepted; the rate was 95.1 percent.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg addressed the settlement in a statement, saying, “This settlement is a fair and just resolution of these claims, protecting those who came to the aid of this city when we needed it most. We will continue our commitment to treatment and monitoring of those who were present at ground zero.”

Workers, including firefighters and police officers, accused the city of failing to provide adequate protective equipment and supervision, which led to later effects, such as respiratory and other illnesses.

“We negotiated for over two years to achieve this settlement for our clients, which we truly believe is the best result, given the uncertainty of protracted litigation.” Paul Napoli said in a statement. Napoli’s law firm represented over 9,000 of the 10,563 workers involved.

A previous settlement was thrown out in March, when Judge Alvin K. Hellerstien found that the money agreed upon at the time was inadequate.

Lawyers have estimated that payments to the workers will range from $3,250 to $1.8 million, depending on the injuries suffered. Those with the worst injuries will receive approximately 94 percent of the settlement, a report in the New York Times said.

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