September 11 Zadroga Act

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York Courts have recognized that Kreindler & Kreindler's efforts in the VCF dramatically increased its clients awards.

Furthermore, the evidence supports the Surrogate's conclusion that the objectants' efforts and expertise contributed to the substantial size of the award, which exceeded the maximum presumptive award listed in the tables promulgated by the VCF by almost $1 million.

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The Zadroga Act, the long awaited federal law which provides health care, medical monitoring and financial compensation for World Trade Center rescue, recovery and clean-up workers has finally become law. Lawyers at Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, the law firm with the most experience in the original September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, stand ready to assist ailing workers through the maze of proof, paperwork, documents and evidence that is needed to properly present a claim in the VCF, and maximize compensation from the Fund.

Kreindler & Kreindler LLP is already at work for clients in the new VCF.

No law firm in the country represented more families in the original Victim Compensation Fund. Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed by the president to run the VCF, has credited Kreindler & Kreindler attorneys with being "instrumental" in developing the regulations and methodologies used for calculating compensation awards and in the general success of the Fund. New York courts have found that Kreindler & Kreindler LLP's representation of clients in the VCF dramatically increased their awards beyond what they would have otherwise received.

The statute and regulations governing the first VCF appeared to exclude the families of firefighters, police personnel and other rescue workers killed in the WTC from reasonable compensation because of their line of duty pensions. Kreindler partner Noah Kushlefsky stepped in and worked with representatives of New York City, the unions and the United States Department of Justice to develop a method of calculating claims which assured the families fair compensation.

Our law firm is committed to doing the same for rescue and recovery workers who have been sickened and permanently harmed by the toxic air at Ground Zero. This means overcoming obstacles of proof and matching our superior experience with the individual facts of a case.

For too long, our country has turned its back on the brave men and women who stood side by side sifting though the debris at Ground Zero and elsewhere, and who are now suffering through catastrophic illnesses. Statistics show that almost 700 WTC first responders have died from a variety of ailments likely brought on by their work. Other are facing tremendous uncertainty as they fight for their health, their families and their lives.

We, and a grateful nation, are ready to help.