A settlement in New York City will pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to ground zero workers exposed to toxic debris after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, lawyers said Friday.
Plaintiffs narrowly approved the deal after facing a Tuesday night deadline that required 95 percent of some 10,000 people who worked at ground zero to approve the measure, according to Marc Berns, an attorney for the plaintiffs.
The agreement concludes a seven-year fight between the city and first responders, who have said they were not properly outfitted for rescue and cleanup efforts after the 9/11 attacks, leaving them exposed to toxic dust that later prompted respiratory health issues.
As a daughter of a first responder who is now suffering from terminal cancer, I am surprised by the ignorance of so many people. These first responders were lied to by our own government and are now suffering in ways that are unimaginable. Many of these first responders don't care about the money. They are simply trying to live their life. A life of surgery after surgery and chemo treatment after chemo treatment. Until you have watched your own father or loved one live in a hospital bed for weeks at a time or wither away to nothing because the chemo treatment is so harsh, then comment on whether you feel this settlement is deserved. For now, keep your ignorance to yourself!
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