New Legislation Extends Deadline for New Workers’ Compensation Claims Related to 9/11

New legislation extends the period for workers and volunteers seeking lost wage and medical benefits as a result of their involvement in the September 11th rescue, recovery and clean-up operations. Presumably, a New York Workers’ Compensation Board Bulletin will be issued in the near future outlining the details.

In November 2013, the Board issued a Bulletin detailing the legislation which extended the deadline to September 11, 2014. Prior to the extension to September 11, 2014 any claims for which the associated Form WTC-12 was received after September 13, 2010 were time-barred.

According to the official announcement:

The bill (S5745-C/A7958-C) extends the deadline for individuals to register under the WTC Disability Law until September 11, 2018. The extension will allow additional individuals to receive workers’ compensation, disability, and accidental death benefits as a result of their participation in the WTC rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations.

The World Trade Center Registry, which preserves workers’ compensation rights for those who performed rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations after the World Trade Center attacks will remain open until September 11, 2018. Previously, any claims for which the associated Form WTC-12 was received after September 11, 2014 were time-barred. Those workers were not entitled to benefits. These claims will now be reopened and considered timely.

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Declan is an attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Declan is a Partner at Lois LLC where he defends employers and carrier in New York workers’ compensation claims. He can be reached directly at dgourley@lois-llc.com or 201-880-7213.