Court Ruling Will Allow Some WTC Workers to File Late Claims
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A New York state judge has issued a ruling that will allow some WTC workers to file late claims against the city.
More than 200 of the first responders who claim to have gotten sick while working at the Trade Center site filed their claim past the city's 90-day deadline. The city opposed the late claims because claimants failed to provide the court with affidavits or medical records substantiating their claims.
But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman ruled this week that these supporting materials won't be required for the court to consider a late claim.
The ruling is expected to affect approximately 200 late claims currently under consideration.
A lawyer for the city says an appeal is being considered.
Meanwhile, first responders gathered Wednesday at the World Trade Center site, where they were supported by several local and state lawmakers as they renewed their call for a sit-down meeting with George W. Bush.
They're hoping the president can help them get more government assistance, since they say the city isn't doing enough.
“We're here today to urge the city, state and federal government to stop their opposition to allowing the money and giving the resources to our rescue workers so that they live and that the toll from September 11th does not grow," said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.
"I've had two strokes since the incident, and I just want to see the right thing done for the guys that were down there, for the working guys," said 9/11 first responder Daniel Arrigo.
In a written letter to the president, the lawmakers say that Bush needs to know about new evidence they claim shows proof of a serious health crisis as a result of the September 11 attacks.