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Deadline Set for WTC Recovery Health Claims
NOTICE: NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE WITH THE LAW (S.4067/A.4940), WHICH WENT INTO EFFECT ON JULY 3, 2007 HAS THE DEADLINE EXTENDED FROM AUGUST 14, 2007 TO
AUGUST 14, 2008. For more information regarding the extension click this link:
August 14, 2008 has been set as the deadline to register as a World Trade Center rescue, recovery and/or cleanup operations worker.
To qualify, a participant is defined as any employee or volunteer who between September 11, 2001 and September 12, 2002:
- Participated in the rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations at the World Trade Center site
- Worked at the Fresh Kills Land Fill in New York City
- Worked at the New York City morgue or the temporary morgue on pier locations on the west side of Manhattan
- Worked on barges between the west of Manhattan and the Fresh Kills Land Fill
As a key part of his plan, Governor Pataki signed into law Article 8-A of the Workers' Compensation Law (hereinafter "WCL"), which extends the time for employees and volunteers who participated in rescue, recovery and cleanup operations following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center to file claims for workers' compensation benefits, provided they register with the Board before August 14, 2008.
Employees and volunteers who do not file the registration statement before August 14, 2008, will not have the benefit of the statute of limitations and notice provisions in Article 8-A.
You are urged to file a Workers' Compensation Board form WTC-12:
Be aware, filing the registration form does not constitute the filing of a claim. The filing of the sworn statement does however extend the time to file the claim upon contracting a related illness at a later time.
Even if you filed a claim with your insurance carrier you should also file this form!
More information can be found from the Workers' Compensation Board website located at: