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New York Governor Signs Bill to Reopen Workmen's Comp and Disability Registry for 9/11 Workers

Workers who were at or near the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks are getting an extension on the deadline to register for workers' compensation and disability pension benefits. The new expiration date is September 11, 2014.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Chapter 489 of the Laws of 2913. The bill (A7803A -Abbate / S5759A -Golden) reopens the registry for workers' compensation and disability pension for those who were at or near ground zero after the 9/11 attacks.

The new open registration period will extend through September 11, 2014. If eligible, workers who are on the registry will be presumed to have contracted certain illnesses that manifest themselves later in life as a result of their work at or near World Trade Center site to participate in rescue, recovery or cleanup. The bill also addresses a shortfall in the law that prohibited some vested members of a retirement system from being eligible for the registry. These vested members were those who worked at the site during the time in question but who subsequently left service.

At Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, our workers' compensation and disability attorneys in New York City encourage workers who may be eligible for workers' compensation and disability pension benefits to register to do so prior to the new expiration date of September 11, 2014.

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If you were injured or need assistance with disability benefits or workers' compensation, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. We may be able to help you with the registration. Call 800-692-3717 for a free consultation or complete the online contact form. We are experienced New York workplace accident attorneys who fight aggressively to protect the rights of those who were injured or sustained disabilities.