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Attention: Any member or family member who has been victimized by the September 11 attacks mey join the "Saudi Law Suit" in order to hold those saudi individuals, banks and charities the funded the terrorist activities, accountable for their actions.
Please note that joining the law suit will not jeopardize anyone's right to receive aid from the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Any interested party may call Vincent Pitta, Esq. or Deborah Hulbert, Esq. of Herrick, Feinstein LLP at 212-592-1400.


The World Trade Center Worker & Volunteer Medical Screening Program
ATTENTION: WTC WORKERS & VOLUNTEERS

If you were a worker or volunteer at or near the World Trade Center site or the Staten Island Landfill following the September 11 terrorist attacks and you were involved in:

You may be eligible for this federally funded program, which will be conducted by a consortium of occupational medicine providers, under the direction of The Mount Sinai Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health.

The World Trade Center & Volunteer medical Screening Program will offer:

FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Medical Screening Examinations
Referrals for Follow-up Medical Care
Occupational Health Education

Call the toll-free WTC Medical Screening Hotline today
1-888-702-0630

Federal funding for this program will support 7,500 medical screening examinations to begin July 15 in the Greater NY-NJ metropolitan area---with 1,000 additional screening examinations offered elsewhere in the US through the Association of Occupational & Environmental Clinics.

New York/New Jersey participating partners and examination locations will include: Manhattan: Mount Sinai Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Bellevue/NYU Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic Queens: Queens College Center for Biology of Natural Systems Long Island: SUNY Stony Brook/L.I. Occupational & Environmental Health Center with various examination sties in Nassau and Suffolk Counties Westchester (Yonkers): Mount Sinai Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine/Hudson Valley Division at John's Riverside Hospital New Jersey (Piscataway): UMDNJ Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute

Program Overview: The World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program is a comprehensive medical evaluation program to provide FREE and CONFIDENTIAL medical exams, referrals for medical care, and occupational health education for 8,500 workers and volunteer who provided Rescue, Recovery, Debris Removal and Shifting and Restoration of Vital Support Services at the WTC and Staten Island Landfill sites. The Program is directed by the Mount Sinai Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with medical examinations and related services performed by a consortium of occupational medicine providers.

The Program has the following goals:

To Identify individuals who sustained hazardous exposures at or near the WTC site or the Staten Island Landfill during rescue, recovery or restoration of essential services activities.
To provide medical screening examinations to identify workers and volunteers with persistent WTC-related medication conditions.
To coordinate referral for follow-up medical care for affected individuals.
To educate exposed workers and volunteers about their exposures and the associated risks to health, and to advise them about benefit and entitlement programs available.
To establish "baseline" medical statue for workers and volunteers exposed at or near the WTC site or the Staten Island Landfill. Future comparison with baseline medical examinations will be useful to identify WTC-related conditions that may develop later.

Content of medical Screening Examinations: The medical evaluation will include:

Questions related to work history and medical history, focused especially on symptoms of respiratory conditions, nasal/sinus problems, WTC-related injuries, and post-traumatic stress reactions.
a physical examination by a physician; complete blood count, routine blood chemistries and urinalysis; breathing tests; a chest x-ray.

We will also have counselors available to help program participants with questions regarding entitlement programs and other benefits available for people involved in the WTC recover. Each person examined will receive a confidential written report of his/her examination results. All individual examinations results will be dept strictly confidential. No information about any individual will be provided to anyone other than the person examined without his/her written consent.

Eligibility for Screening: The criteria for examination qualification have been amended as of August 15, 2002
the amended criteria requires that each participant must have worked or volunteered on or after September 11:
In the performance of rescue, recovery or restoration of essential services within the following perimeter: Chambers Street to the North; Rector Street to the South; Broadway to the East and the Hudson River to the West, or at the Staten Island landfill; or on a barge loading pier.
A minimum of at least 24 hours from September 11 through september 14; OR a minimum of 80 hours during September 2001

How to apply:

If you provided WTC site or Staten Island Landfill Rescue Recovery Services call the WTC medical Screening Hotline @ 1-888-702-0630 to learn more about receiving a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL medical examination. The hotline receptionist will ask you a series of questions, taking about five minute of your time. If you qualify based on the provisional criteria in effect at the time of your call, you will be immediately scheduled for a medical screening examination appointment. If you do not qualify at that time, with your permission you name will be placed on a waiting list for possible scheduling at a future time. Click on

EXPOSURE QUESTIONNAIRE


If you are in need of counseling, the NYC Central Labor Rehabilitation Council's services are available.

386 Park Avenue South
27th Street and Park (next to the 6 train)
suite 603
212-532-7575
open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm


From the Federal Government (Federal Emergency Management Agency):

Victims of the disaster can register for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free number, (800) 462-9029 (TTY (800) 462-7585). The registration lines are in operation from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. The registration process will take 20 to 30 minutes.

Have on hand:

Individuals may be eligible for the following types of assistance from FEMA


New York


In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the State Department of Labor has mobilized to work with other State agencies, federal agencies and New York City agencies to aide in the relief and recovery efforts, and to provide essential services to the thousands of innocent victims of this disaster.

Reemployment Services

All Department of Labor employment centers, with the exception of 50 Park Place, are open for business. All employment offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday, in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties. For a complete listing of DOL employment offices, click here: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/html/counties.htm. For more information, businesses can call 1-800-447-3992; job seekers can call 212-621-9300.

Unemployment Insurance

Individuals unable to report to work due to the disaster are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance benefits by calling the State Department of Labor's Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For claimants affected by the disaster who experience difficulty filing via telephone, applications are also being taken in-person at Department of Labor Employment Services Offices listed above.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Governor Pataki has announced that people living or working in New York, Bronx , Kings, Queens or Richmond counties may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) resulting from the effects of the World Trade Center attack. DUA may be available to persons whose jobs or homes are in the five counties declared to be major disaster areas by President Bush at the request of Governor Pataki. Please call the State Department of Labor's Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For claimants affected by the disaster who experience difficulty filing via telephone, applications are also being taken in-person at Department of Labor Employment Services Offices listed above.

Executive Order Waiver of One-Week Waiting Period

On September 12, 2001, the Governor issued an Executive Order waiving the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance claims filed as a result of the attack. Under normal circumstances, applicants for unemployment insurance are not eligible to collect benefits until one week after losing their job. The Governor's order waives the waiting period for individuals who are now unemployed as a result of the attack.

Individual Family Grant Program (IFG)

Following a major disaster, the Individual Family Grant Program (IFG) is available to provide funds to disaster victims as expeditiously as possible to cover those necessary expenses or serious needs for which other governmental assistance is either unavailable or inadequate, and for which other assistance from other means has not been received or refused. Grants are available to cover disaster related necessary expenses including housing, personal property, transportation, medical or dental expenses, funeral expenses, flood insurance and other reasonable expenses deemed covered. For more information on the IFG program please call 1-800-462-9029. For TTY please call 1-800-462-7585.

National Emergency Grant (NEG) under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) authorizes the United States Secretary of Labor to award National Emergency Grants (NEG) to assist any state that has suffered an emergency or major disaster to provide disaster relief employment. The New York State Department of Labor submitted a NEG application to USDOL for WIA disaster-related funds. These monies will be used to fund a disaster relief special temporary jobs project to support the clean up and recovery efforts which will ensure public safety and resumption of regular business activities and employment. The department is awaiting approval on this grant.

NEW JERSEY


I have not found any information reguarding unemployment insurance for those who work in New Jersey, and were affected by the events on September 11, 2001. The following is for New Jersey workers compensation.

In New Jersey, employees or their dependents can receive workers' compensation benefits for an injury or death arising out of and in the course of employment.  Benefits available to injured workers and their families include temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits and dependency benefits. Compensation benefits are paid directly from an employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier, unless the employer  is self-insured. In light of the recent events, many of these companies have already implemented catastrophe plans to accommodate the increased need for service and may be willing to waive certain requirements ordinarily necessary to establish the validity of claims.

If you wish to pursue an inquiry regarding the availability of workers' compensation benefits, please follow these steps to ensure the quickest review of the claim and delivery of those benefits.

 
Call, fax or write to your or your family member's employer's WC Insurance Carrier.  If you do not know the name of the carrier, you can obtain the information by contacting  the NJ Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau at (973) 622-6014.  They also have a website where you can search for the insurance information directly.  http://www.njcrib.com/PCOV/policycoverage.asp 

 

Once you have the carrier identified, you should contact them directly to file a claim.  If possible, please have information about the name of the employer, the claimant's social security number and date of birth available.  Many of the carriers have special hotlines available to assist individuals with claims resulting from the September 11th tragedy.  The following is a partial list of the major WC carriers operating in New Jersey including the State of NJ and Port Authority of NY/NJ.

 

Name Telephone Number Website Address
Atlantic Mutual 800-778-1629 http://www.atlanticmutual.com/index.cfm

American International Group (AIG)

800-233-2947
888-244-2736

http://www.aig.com/
Chubb 1-800-699-9916 or fax 1-800-884-3946 http://www.chubb.com/
Kemper Insurance 1-800-753-6737 or
Fax 1-800-245-9927
http://www.kemperinsurance.com/

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

1-800-295-3739

http://www.libertymutual.com/

New Jersey Manufacturers 800-435-7656 http://www.njm.com/
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Family Assistance Center
Newark Airport Marriott Hotel
 973-642-0165 or 1-866-642-0767 (toll free)
http://www.panynj.gov/

Selective Insurance Company

973-948-3000 http://www.selectiveinsurance.com/index.cfm
State of New Jersey - Bureau of Risk Management 609-292-3475 http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/dpp/riskmgmt.htm

Travelers

1-800-842-0240

http://www.travelers.com/

 

If  you have any questions or are unable to get immediate assistance from the Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau or from your WC insurance carrier, please contact us by telephone at (609) 292-2515 or (609) 292-2414, by fax (609) 984-2515 or by e-mail at dwc@dol.state.nj.us.

 

For additional information regarding this crisis as well as helpful telephone numbers and website addresses, please visit the State of New Jersey Home Page at http://www.state.nj.us/