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Cancer stricken WTC worker gets $0.00 setllement check

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posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 05:37 PM
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Talk about a huge slap in the face. The man was essentially scared into taking a settlement in the amount of $10,000. His lawyers told him that if he did not take the settlement and his case went to trial that he could owe them up to $100,000 in legal fees. After the lawyers took thier cut and the left over cash was given to unspecified liens, the man was left with $0.00. The man is out of work, dying, and $30,000 in debt. He was anxiously awaiting the check and when he opened it I'm sure his heart sank into his stomach. Talk about the ultimate slap in the face. They would have been better off not sending a check at all. Instead they make a fool of him and send him a check for nothing. Click the link for full story.

www.nypost.com...


The 51-year-old Queens man, who suffered sinus problems and then throat cancer after months of removing toxic debris from the World Financial Center, was relieved to get a check in the mail for his court settlement with Merrill Lynch, whose offices he had cleaned.



But he was stunned when he saw the amount: $0.00.




posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 05:47 PM
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Galvis said he toiled 16 hours a day for six months in a jumpsuit and paper mask that would tear when he sweated. At $8 an hour, he made close to $800 a week.


What people don't realize is that 911 is still causing deaths, and I don't mean the indirect deaths overseas from the ficticious war on terror, I mean the deaths directly causes by the toxins that were released when the towers fell as well as from the debris cleanup.


This guy deserves alot more than this sick joke. It just goes to show that these big corporations put profit over people, and in the end this money will probably go to cover some rich executives retreat to the bahamas.




posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 05:50 PM
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Starred and flagged.

This is an absolutely disgusting case and makes me ashamed to think that I belong to the same species as the lawyers and the rest of the crooks that screwed this poor guy over.


I only hope that he could find some kind of help, from somewhere. If I had the funds, I'd gladly help this guy out.



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 05:52 PM
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Honestly Im so angry after reading this that if I said what I wanted I would be banned from this site, I hope his legal team and all those involved in the 911 attacks and all those who have exploited the people who worked on the towers after the attack die horrible slow deaths



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 05:55 PM
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I know what you mean. It has been a long time since I read an artitcle that really made me mad. This one certainly made me very angry. I had to look multiple times at the source of article because part of me thought this was a joke story but as far as I can tell the NY Post is still a reputable reporting agency. I hope someone who can help this man reads this article and rights the horrible injustice that has happened to him.



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:00 PM
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It just goes to show that these big corporations put profit over people, and in the end this money will probably go to cover some rich executives retreat to the bahamas.

 


Lawfirms are usually partnerships and everyone knows how sleazy lawyers are whether they are with a small or large firm.

The real question, is why the government didn't set up a (larger)* fund to help the people who got sick cleaning up the 9/11 mess. Oh that's right, the US doesn't want to be a bunch of socialists.

Don't mind me, I'm just hanging out in the MRI machine here in Canada. We get them just for fun.




*I'm pretty sure I remember seeing a bill passed to help out first responders, but it must have been a little light in the coverage.
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posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:07 PM
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Holy... I'm beyond horrified. So many levels of greed and ...just... plain evil.

Is there some sort of organization one can join to fight against these insane judgements? Is there anything that can be done to ignite the public's outrage that human beings are being treated like this? Seriously. Why isn't the media focusing on these stories and staying on them until justice prevails? We're supposed to concede that "Science" (I use the term loosely) tells us that there is no link to cancer and respiratory issues and working at Ground Zero? Especially after the EPA irresponsibly encouraged people to expose themselves to a toxic environment? That is so effed up.

Every single lawmaker who has ever self-aggrandized in the name of 9/11 and generated fake patriotism by telling the public that these first responders are our heroes....and that America is fantastic... Every single one of them should have to endure some horrible illness, years of degrading and stressful litigation, and then be subsequently dropped in the gutter to rot.

I'm not one to get all biblical with my sense of justice, but this is where I draw the line. Even more tragic is the fact that this is just one of many many many hideous stories.

**Edit to add that I can't find the article at the moment, but I believe just recently the paltry health care package the government put together will not cover cancer. Most of the people who are ill have cancer or will have cancer in the near future. Why did they even bother? Just another slap in the face, on top of a kick in the stomach, knife in the back, and punch in the groin.

edit on 7/31/2011 by HolographicPrincipal because: see above



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:15 PM
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Here is part of the response posted by the law firm in quesiton, Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern:


Had the Post been interested in the truth, it would have reported that plaintiff Edgar Galvis has received tens of thousands of dollars in WTC settlements and that he is set to receive tens of thousands more now that review of his claim by the Allocation Neutral is complete and has been approved. Mr. Galvis’ Merrill Lynch settlement occurred and was finalized before his diagnosis with tonsilar cancer in August of 2010, but contrary to the Post article, Napoli explains that “Mr. Galvis’ claim for the cancer has been submitted to the Settlement Allocation Neutral as part of his claim and we were actually able to secure a greater amount in settlement with the City than Mr. Galvis had initially requested, additional tens of thousands of dollars he will receive upon payment of the City claim.”


Source: www.877wtchero.com...
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posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:20 PM
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The firm should have told that to the press when asked to comment on this story.


A partner in the firm, Paul Napoli, did not respond to a request for comment



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:24 PM
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least his days become more valuable now, and that he sees how crap the gov is to those that need help or try to help. They just get shafted. He should look into all the cures for cancer. Like baking soda and molasses or hemp oil.



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:26 PM
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This is a travesty, and downright wrong. Hey there, Congress. How about taking Merrill Lynch before a committee to explain this? If you don't do something here, how do you really expect volunteers to clean up next time a disaster happens, if you just leave them hanging in the wind? What are you, asleep up there?



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:30 PM
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Okay I found it:


Jim Fay, a former Port Authority police officer and first-responder on 9/11, became upset at last night's town hall meeting, which was called to explain to the public the parameters of a $2.8 billion 9/11 victim compensation fund Congress approved last year.



Fay, 61, of Closter in Bergen County, had just found out the fund covered carpel tunnel syndrome, but also knew that federal officials on Tuesday said cancer victims were not eligible for compensation because a review had found no clear evidence of a causal link between cancers and the dust, debris and chemicals taken in by so many in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


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Okay this is a little backwards. I don't care if the cancer was caused by the dust, debris and chemicals or not. These people should have been covered just for the simple fact that they risked their lives to help others. Covered, completely.

As in, all medical expenses paid for the rest of their lives...

Seeing as they put theirs on the line and all.



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:41 PM
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Yeah it sounds alot like the gulf clean up account, that was a bit short on the coverage, and VERY generous on the PR.



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 06:44 PM
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Originally posted by v1rtu0s0
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Yeah it sounds alot like the gulf clean up account, that was a bit short on the coverage, and VERY generous on the PR.


Another good example. I am all for corporations and government making money, but I also believe in taking care of the people and their families when they put their lives towards your bank statement.

If you want to reduce those costs, do it smarter the next time. Don't cut out people that you should be responsible for.




posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 07:04 PM
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Is the law firm justified in charging these costs?

Can he not sue that law firm for false advice, and with forcing him into taking a settlements based on false information?

Absolutely disgusting, that there are Companies out there still profiteering from 9/11 victims.
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posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 07:57 PM
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reply to post by boncho
 

Thanks for finding that article... What the??

Uh. So there is concrete scientific data confirming the correlation between carpal tunnel syndrome and the WTC aftermath? I'd love to see that document. Just when I thought it couldn't get any more absurd...



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 08:34 PM
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Interesting. So is this man's bills being paid in full or not?

Regardless of if he has received tens of thousands if he still has medical bills and living costs they should be paid. After all did he not commit a service that is costing him his life early?

If he was squandering the money on things then I could see him not getting any more. But if he is paying medical bills and trying to feed his family he should get more money.


My interest is this. Is this man being fully compensated or not?

Raist



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 08:36 PM
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I dont think his bills are being paid or his interests looked after. Here is a clip from the article:


The father of two, who lives in Glendale with his fiancée and her two kids, said he had to sell his car and relies on relatives for rent. "I get collection agencies whenever I open the mail. What little credit I had I don't have anymore," he said.


It sounds like he is broke and cant pay any of his bills.



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 08:41 PM
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That goes back to my point of regardless if he has gotten tens of thousands is that enough to compensate the man.

Tens of thousands sounds like a lot to those without hundreds of thousands of medical debt plus living costs.


Raist



posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 08:46 PM
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So like everyone else who helped during the clear up from 9/11, are they in the same situation as this individual is?




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