Deadline Approaching for Registering World Trade Center Service with Worker Compensation BoardAug 22, 2014
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board reminds those who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center from September 11, 2001 through September 12, 2002 to register their service with the board.
By filing a WTC-12 form with the board, the individual preserves the right to future benefits, should those benefits be needed. The notification applies to all who participated in the efforts, whether they were employed or served as a volunteer, whether they were injured or not. Eligible service includes work at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers, and the morgues. Anyone in these categories should file a WTC-12 form by September 11, 2014. Employees and members of entities that participate in the New York State workers' compensation system are eligible.
Filing the WTC-12 form extends the time limit for workers to file a workers’ compensation claim and preserves their right to future workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers who later develop an illness as a result of the WTC attack remain eligible for benefits and the board can re-open claims that were previously denied for not being submitted within the time limits for establishing a claim. (In a fact sheet about WTC workers’ compensation registration, the board notes that New York City police, fire, and sanitation workers are not eligible, nor are federal employees or foreign nationals.)
As the board explains, health consequences of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 are still developing and remain a public health issue. Many of those who were involved in the rescue and recovery efforts later developed cancer and other illnesses as a result of exposure to dust and toxic substances during their service.