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Pennsylvania 9/11 responders seek payment from special fund

Federal officials announced that at least 91 emergency workers that responded either to the plane crash in the Pennsylvania countryside or the situation at the Pentagon on 9/11 are seeking compensation and health care benefits from a special fund that initially was established to compensate New York emergency workers who became ill after working in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center . The New York emergency workers were exposed to significant levels of harmful fumes, grit and ash that appears to have resulted in illness to a growing number of those responders.

Although the Pennsylvania and Pentagon responders were not exposed to anything close to the same level of harmful substances as those responding to the World Trade Center faced, some of them are nonetheless seeking compensation. There appears to be little medical evidence that the Pennsylvania and Pentagon responders were exposed to unusual environmental hazards, and there is no indication that they are falling ill in large numbers. Nonetheless, federal officials have encouraged these responders to apply to the fund.

Over 24,000 responders applied for assistance arising out of their efforts at Ground Zero in New York City. No specific information about how much money has been paid out to date was provided by governmental or fund-related officials.

A Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney may be able to assist a client in obtaining compensation for an occupational illness in a number of ways. Such an attorney may be able to assist a person in recovering money for lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering and any other long-term effects associated with an occupational illness or injury.

Source: FOX News, "9/11 responders at Pentagon, Pa. site apply for compensation, benefits alongside NYC workers", September 08, 2013

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