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First responders and rescue workers who helped with the recovery, demolition and cleanup in New York City after the 9/11 attacks are covered under a special workers’ compensation statute.

But there’s an important catch. The deadline to register for workers’ compensation benefits is approaching, as this fact sheet from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health explains.

Many people who were injured while working at the Word Trade Center towers and other sites in New York City already are receiving workers compensation’ benefits for their injuries.

But time is running out for workers to make future claimants. First responders, rescue workers and construction crew members have only until August 14, 2007 to register their eligibility to file a claim for 9/11 workers’ comp benefits.

Even if you’re not sick now, you MUST register with the State of New York Workers Compensation Board to protect your rights to future benefits and compensation. Make sure to register before August 17, 2007

Rescue, recovery and cleanup workers who are now healthy should register because people who are registered can apply for workers’ compensation if they develop a 9/11-related illness at any time in the future.
Failure to register during the enrollment period will prevent you from ever receiving workers’ compensation benefits, even if you do develop a 9/11-related illness.

As you’ll remember, heroes from around the country came to New York’s aid after the terrorist attacks. Here in Greensboro, N.C.,crews from D.H. Griffin spent months working at the World Trade Center attack site. Anyone who assisted with recovery, cleanup and rescue efforts is eligible to apply for workers’ compensation benefits in New York to cover their 9/11-related injuries and illnesses. You don’t have to be a resident of New York City or New York state.

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