Thousands of people involved in the rescue effort following the September 11th attacks have reached a compensation settlement worth up to 480 million euros for the health problems they suffered. Firefighters, police and others who worked in the ruins of the World Trade Centre sued New York City and its contractors, claiming injury.
The settlement will be drawn from a government-financed insurance fund. A lawyer representing more than nine thousand workers said he was pleased that men and women he described as heroic would finally receive just compensation.
Individual payments will range from thousands of dollars to more than a million – as long as 95 percent of plaintiffs agree to the deal.
Tests carried out after the attacks showed that exposure to dust caused severe lung problems for thousands of workers – especially those who were on the scene in the first couple of days after the Twin Towers collapsed.
New York agrees compensation for "heroic" 9/11 workers