NEW YORK (AP) - More than 100 Sept. 11 rescue and recovery
workers suing New York City have been urged at a town hall meeting
to accept a settlement drafted by their lawyers and not wait for
the federal government to help them.
Kenneth Feinberg oversaw payouts to victims of the Sept. 11
attacks and was appointed by a court to review appeals under the
terms of the settlement. He says it would be unwise to wait in the
off-chance Congress would consider and pass a bill to reopen the
federal victim compensation fund. He spoke Wednesday by phone.
Thousands of Sept. 11 responders are weighing whether to accept
the $713 million settlement. Many suffered health problems related
to the terrorist attacks. They may be barred from taking any other
funds made available to victims because of rules to prevent
multiple payments for the same injury.