In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, thousands of Consolidated Edison employees worked around the clock in the disaster zone surrounding Ground Zero. To keep electric and gas power running throughout the infrastructure of downtown Manhattan, Con Edison Local 1-2 workers forged ahead while facing unprecedented challenges as they helped to rebuild New York City. Unfortunately, after spending countless hours breathing in the toxins contained in the dust cloud covering the area south of Canal Street, many Con Ed workers developed 9/11 cancers and illnesses that they continue to battle to this day.
If you were a Con Ed worker who worked in lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks and was later diagnosed with a 9/11-related health condition, you might be eligible to receive a monetary award from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. works with Con Ed employees and their families, guiding them through the VCF claims process every step of the way to help them recover their economic and non-economic loss.
Compensation for Con Ed Loss of Earnings and Pension Benefits
9/11 Con Edison responders worked above ground, in trenches, and among the debris, restoring, repairing, and rebuilding the energy system in the city. Laboring tirelessly alongside FDNY, NYPD, and other responders in the NYC Exposure Zone, they were regularly breathing in the thousands of carcinogens that remained in the air in the months after 9/11.
Con Ed employees are generally provided with pension benefits upon retirement, based upon the length of time they worked for the company. However, many who worked in the NYC Exposure Zone in the weeks after 9/11 developed cancers and illnesses that left them disabled, compelling them to unexpectedly retire early and incur considerable monetary loss. If you were a Con Ed worker who retired due to a 9/11-related disability, you may be entitled to receive your future lost earnings and loss of pension benefits by filing a 9/11 Con Ed disability retirement claim with the VCF.
Documentation for a 9/11 Con Ed Disability Retirement Claim
The VCF has access to some of the information required to process a 9/11 Con Ed disability retirement claim. If you are claiming Con Edison loss of earnings and pension benefits, you will need to provide the VCF with additional documentation, including:
• Whether you were a CECONY management or weekly participant
• A printout of the Consolidated Edison Retirement Plan
• Date of hire
• Retirement or termination date
• Yearly salary and variable pay
• Type of pension you are receiving and the start date, if applicable
If you receive a disability pension, the decision issued by the pension fund must be provided to the VCF to show that the disability is based upon an eligible 9/11-related condition.
You will also still need to submit documentation concerning proof of presence in the form of specific records or an affidavit attesting to your physical presence within the NYC Exposure Zone between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002.
Contact a VCF Attorney for Help Pursuing a 9/11 Con Ed Disability Retirement Claim
Going through the process of submitting a 9/11 Con Ed disability retirement claim for loss of earnings and pension benefits can be stressful and involve a considerable amount of paperwork. A capable VCF attorney can help you navigate the confusing regulations and fight for your rights to the award you are entitled. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. represents eligible Con Ed workers and provides compassionate counsel to their families at every step of the VCF claim filing process. For a free consultation, call 1-800-2-DEARIE.