NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has agreed to pay up to $657 million to settle more than 10,000 lawsuits filed by ground zero rescue and response workers who say they were sickened by World Trade Center dust.
The settlement was announced Thursday evening by the WTC Captive Insurance Company, a special entitity established to idemnify the city and its contractors against potential legal action as they moved to clean up the site.
I think I need to defer to RightInNYC on this one, since I don't understand the rationale behind the settlement. NYC did not create the dust that caused first responders to be sickened. Terrorists did. Did NYC send the responders into harms way knowingly? That is all I can think of, but if they were trying to save lives, then aren't they doing their job by taking risks?
At any rate, I don't understand the decision to settle. Hopefully, someone can help me with that.
Article is here.