A dozen sickened Ground Zero workers — including several out-of-state firefighters — are asking a judge to let them join a pending $712.5 million settlement with the city.
The claimants say in court papers that they missed an April 12 eligibility deadline because they didn’t know the deal was being discussed.
“Being in Chicago, I never saw anything about it and we don’t read the New York papers here,” wrote retired firefighter Arthur Noonan, who spent a week in the rubble of the World Trade Center and was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004.
Other claimants who helped out after the Sept. 11 terror attacks are from California, Florida and North Carolina, said their lawyer, Jay Breakstone.
(Jay Breakstone, with the law firm Parker Waichman LLP, is involved with 12 cases of ground zero workers rescue and recovery workers excluded from the settlement.)
Excerpt posted on NewsInferno Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Ground Zero Rescue and Recovery Workers Excluded from Settlement
Many argue that this groupâ€”12 casesâ€”should be given the option to be part of the ongoing settlement process since their cases were known to defendant parties at the time the cut-off date was being decided. Clearly, advance notice of the date should have been given, but was not. Itâ€™s also possible that there are potentially more individuals who would otherwise be qualified for this settlement agreement except for the date they filed.