Facing 9/11 Death Claims
May 30th, 2006

The recent controversy over whether former Deputy Mayor Rudy Washingtons various ailments were caused by his many hours at Ground Zero — and whether he deserved workers comp as a result — highlights an even grimmer eventuality, writes Jarrett Murphy in Power Plays: the death claims almost sure to arise from Ground Zero exposures.

People aren’t just getting sick. Now, they are dying. And when they die, their families will not be able to collect disability payments for as long as they would have if the death had been in the line of duty, he writes. A bill in the legislature would address this and provide death benefits to uniformed personnel involved in cleanup efforts. No one knows how much such a measure could cost, but Murphy says, Nearly five years after 9-11, in bronchioles and bloodstreams, the attack continues.

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