Thursday, May 24, 2007

Subject Number 046-159

New York State
Workers' Compensation Board
:
OFFICE OF THE CHAIR
20 Park Street Albany, New York 12207

EXTENSION OF FILING TIME IN WORLD TRADE CENTER RESCUE, RECOVERY AND CLEANUP CASES

Date: August 21, 2006

On August 14, 2006, Governor Pataki announced a comprehensive plan designed to extend the time for employees and volunteers injured in the rescue, recovery and cleanup operations after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits and to receive prompt access to medical benefits while their claims are being litigated. Although it has been almost five years since the tragic events of September 11th, many people who participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts may have hidden health issues or suffer serious, disabling medical conditions that developed more than two years after their participation which may entitle them to workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' Compensation Law, Article 8-A

As a key part of his plan, Governor Pataki signed into law Article 8-A of the Workers' Compensation Law (hereinafter "WCL"), which extends the time for employees and volunteers who participated in rescue, recovery and cleanup operations following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center to file claims for workers' compensation benefits, provided they register with the Board before August 14, 2007. (Chapter 446 of the Laws of 2006). In order to register, those employees and volunteers who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery and cleanup operations (hereinafter "WTC operations") must file with the Workers' Compensation Board (hereinafter "Board") a sworn statement, on Form WTC-12, listing the dates and locations of their participation in the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts.

The filing of the registration form (Form WTC-12) does NOT constitute the filing of a claim. The filing of the sworn statement does however extend the time to file a claim. With respect to claims that were previously filed and denied as untimely under WCL §18 or §28, upon the filing of the sworn statement the claim will be reopened by the Board to reconsider this claim. This new legislation is effective immediately and is deemed to have been in effect since September 11, 2001. It will apply retroactively.

SEE REST OF ARTICLE AT LINK http://www.wcb.state.ny.us/content/main/SubjectNos/sn046_159.htm

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