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The long personal nightmare of thousands of 9/11 workers’ compensation claimants may be coming to an end. Since 2004, over 10,000 Ground Zero rescue and clean-up workers have had pending lawsuits against New York City and various responding agencies. The workers claim that the city, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other public and private companies offered inadequate safety protections as they labored at Ground Zero.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages for pain and suffering and economic loss. Some are asking for medical monitoring; others are considering punitive damages, as well.

The defendants contend that a link between the plaintiffs’ illnesses and their exposure at Ground Zero cannot be proven. They also contend that some of the plaintiffs’ claims are fraudulent.

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