Further, common sense tells us there is no possibility at all that 10,000 people were hurt because of 9/11.
Most 9/11 responders settle suit over toxic dust
More than 10,000 ground zero workers involved in legal deal
More than 10,000 workers exposed to the tons of toxic dust that blanketed ground zero after the World Trade Center fell have ended their bruising legal fight with New York City and joined a settlement worth at least $625 million, officials said Friday.
The deal will resolve an overwhelming majority of the lawsuits over the city's failure to provide protective equipment to the army of construction workers, police officers and firefighters who spent months clearing and sifting rubble after Sept. 11.
The U.S. Senate is considering legislation, already passed in the House, that would authorize as much as $7.4 billion in medical care and payments to the sick.
Thousands of people believe they have illnesses caused by trade center dust. The lawsuits cited hundreds of different ailments, both serious and mundane, with the most common being a respiratory problem similar to asthma.
Under the deal, the plaintiffs will be spared the tough task of proving that their illnesses were related to their work at ground zero.
The hurdle of proving a cause loomed especially high for people with common illnesses such as cancer, which doctors have not connected to the dust.
Now, even people who are not sick at all but are worried they might become so in the future will qualify for a few thousand dollars. Some very ill people, or the relatives of people who have died, could get more than $1 million.
A group of court-appointed administrators will set the amount each plaintiff is to receive over the next few months.
How sickening (one might say).