A federal judge has approved $53.8 million in settlements for 82 unionized cleanup workers who claimed they were made ill by exposure to toxic dust near the World Trade Center site on 9/11.
The workers were among roughly 1,000 seeking compensation in Manhattan’s federal court for alleged injuries resulting from their cleanup work at more than 100 privately-owned buildings in downtown Manhattan.
While several hundred other workers have also settled with the governemnt, the recent settlements approved offer starker insight into the payouts, which typically have not been revealed.
Payouts to the 82 workers will average $656,119, and range from $25,000 to $1.45 million. They reflect such factors as injury severity, lost earnings, age and smoking history.