New State Law Increases Disability and Death Benefits for Private EMTs and Paramedics Who Served at Ground Zero
November 16, 2007
Governor Eliot Spitzer recently signed legislation from the New York State Senate and Assembly that increases workers' compensation benefits for private hospital workers, specifically emergency medical technicians (EMT’s) and paramedics who were dispatched to Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. This legislation means that a small number of disabled paramedics who worked for private hospitals will receive comparable benefits as those distributed to their municipal counterparts.
The individuals eligible for the increase can now collect disability and death benefits equal to 75% of the wages they were earning on September 11, 2001. Before the passage of this bill, EMTs who worked for private hospitals received two-thirds of their average weekly wage up to a maximum of $400 per week. The institutions employing the EMTs will pay for the cost of this increase.
To be eligible for these new benefits a claim must have been filed with the workers' compensation board before October 31, 2007, the effective date of the act.