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Governor Cuomo extends deadline for 9-11 Claims

It's a day none of us will ever forget. Most of us can describe it in detail: where we were, how we heard about it, how the day unfolded. Many New Yorkers saw it as a personal assault--and it was. People went out of their way to help one another. From emergency personnel to concerned citizens, New York City residents banded together to help anyone affected.

We have rallied forth in the days, months and years since the attacks. And we have prevailed. But the cleanup and re-building have taken its toll: rescue workers suffered everything from broken bones to respiratory illnesses after being exposed to structural damage and an array of harmful substances.

Were people compensated?

Many people have already filed claims for the physical and psychological damage they sustained. But some have not. Some are just discovering diseases--such as cancer--which are linked to the toxins at ground zero. The previous deadline for a claim was September 11, 2016. The good news is that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that has extended the deadline.

As cited in the New York Times, injured workers and volunteers now have had an additional two years--until September 11, 2018--to file health and injury claims related to 9-11. The World Trade Center Health Program lists an array of illnesses for which they provide treatment, ranging from burns to asthma, PTSD to leukemia. Individuals who are covered include first responders, volunteers, and people who lived, worked and attended school in the area around the World Trade Center.

It's important to note that some diseases, such as leukemia and mental-health issues, may not yet be detected, so if you are someone who was in, or around, ground zero after the attacks, it is essential to monitor your health during the 2-year extension.

In some instances, claims for injuries have been denied. If you plan to file a claim, it is essential that you have prepared complete documentation for your injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you identify and collect all relevant documentation for your case.

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