On this day of remembrance and mourning over the horrific attack brought about by the events of 9/11, Attorney Report takes this solemn opportunity to commemorate the fallen victims of that fateful day.
Most of the fallen that day were people who shared a common goal that they exercised in the simplest of rituals: They woke up that morning, got dressed and went to work.
Others were travel-bound. But whether these victims were individuals engaged in domestic travel, or innocent visitors from another country, on the morning of 9/11, they were all Americans.
Compensating 9/11 Workers and Survivors
In the aftermath of 9/11, hundreds of rescue workers and bystanders subjected to the lethal blowout of noxious fumes and deadly debris 11 years ago are still suffering a varied array of health problems.
The law firm of Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern first represented those affected and successfully litigated the creation of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) that helped bring relief to thousands through the city’s court settlement program with 10,000 Ground Zero workers.
Early in 2011, the VCF was broadened in scope when the Zadroga Act was signed into law. Officer Zadroga was the first related death that was previosly attributed to the hazardous chemicals, dust and debris that remained in the air well after 9/11.
The Act made it possible for more people living and working in and around the area who suffered physical injuries to get compensation from the Fund. In October of 2011, registration to the original VCF was reopened.
At this time, Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern declined representation of any future registrants due to prohibition of collecting legal fees for the same clients as set forth by the court.
However, other law firms have since stepped-in to fill the void. These include Motley Rice, Parker Waichman, Borri Law Offices, and several others. It is interesting to note that Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern is currently investigating whether the Aurora movie theater had adequate security in the aftermath of the James Holmes shooting massacre.