Zadroga Act Legal Forum Scheduled for March 20, 2011

The Feal Good Foundation has announced that it will conduct “The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Law Victim’s Compensation Fund Legal Forum” next month. Parker Waichman Alonso LLP is one of six law firms the Feal Good Foundation has invited to participate in the <"">Zadroga Act Forum.

“The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Law Victim’s Compensation Fund Legal Forum” will take place on Sunday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Queens College Campus in Flushing, New York. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The Forum is being supported by CitiBank.
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP and the other participating law firms have agreed to entertain clients from the Feal Good Foundation. At the March 20 Forum, Zadroga Act claimants will have the opportunity to meet the Attorneys personally, to ask all of them questions and listen to others’ queries. The information presented at the Forum will help Ground Zero responders eligible to file Zadroga Act claims make decisions about their legal representation.

The Zadroga Act, which finally passed Congress late last year, designates $4.3 billion to provide health care, monitoring and compensation to responders and volunteers sickened by toxic dust at Ground Zero in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Title I of the Zadroga Act establishes a comprehensive health plan to monitor and treat injuries suffered by first responders and survivors—including firefighters, police officers, EMT’s, rescue workers, construction workers, cleanup workers, local residents, local area workers, and school children—as the result of the exposure to toxic dust and debris around Ground Zero and other specified areas. Title II of the Zadroga 9/11 Act reopens and expands a number of elements of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.

Under the Zadroga Act, lawyers’ fees are capped at 10-percent. Also, ailing responders who are participating in World Trade Center Toxic Dust Settlement approved last year won’t be able to “double-dip” on payouts.

According to an earlier Wall Street Journal report, decisions on administering and allocating the Zadroga Act compensation fund will be made by a Special Master, to be appointed by President Barack Obama. The Special Master must issue new regulations on Fund procedures within 180 days of enactment of the Zadroga 9/11 Act. Eligible Ground Zero responders should be able to begin filing Zadroga Act claims this summer.

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