New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed five bills to provide support to 9/11 victims and survivors, including three that would simplify the workers’ compensation and disability claims process.
S. 9370 and the accompanying A. 9922A provide a presumption for workers’ compensation claims for any personal injury or death of those who participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery, and cleanup operations.
According to a statement from Gov. Hochul’s office, many of the first responders and rescue and recovery workers “have a timely claim for benefits with the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board but have been denied without reason.” And relatives of workers who died of certified illnesses stemming from the recovery and cleanup were barred from filing workers̵7; compensation claims because the statute of limitations expired before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of certified illnesses from the World Trade Center Health Program was approved under the presumption , the statement said.
The governor also signed S. 6812 and the companion A. 7426, which requires the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Award to treat injury claims the same as death claims, allowing a “designated personal representative” to file and bring charges against the fund for a person who was injured, and S. 9294A and the accompanying A. 10416, extending the deadline for filing disability claims for a qualified World Trade Center permit.