Workers' Compensation Board Releases Data on WTC Cases
September 22, 2009
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board released new data on workers' compensation claims related to the WTC disaster.
The study focused on 11,000 WTC-related cases where there was comprehensive claim data. Among the cases:
- More than half were for victims of the attacks, and about 40% were for rescue and recovery workers.
- In about 5,200 cases, the Board received an initial filing but no medical evidence supporting the claim, or the worker did not pursue the claim. The Board is actively contacting these workers to find out why they did not pursue their claims.
- 75% of all cases were filed before 2004.
- In about 4,600 claims, rescue and recovery workers received benefits. Nearly 90% of these cases were for respiratory illnesses.
According to the report, the Board has received more than 39,000 WTC-12 forms since 2006. By filing a WTC-12, WTC workers and volunteers preserve their right to file a workers' compensation claim in the future if they get sick.
WTC workers and volunteers should call 877-WTC12-08 or visit www.wtc12.org to register their service with the Workers' Compensation Board. The deadline to register is September 11, 2010.