December 27, 2011

More than 1,600 people who got sick after spending time in the ash-choked disaster zone around the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001 face another life-changing day.

Come January 2, they will have to decide whether to drop private compensation lawsuits, and give up their right to sue, or be barred for life from applying for benefits from a $2.76 billion government fund for those affected.

Lawyers with pending private suits have been going over the pros and cons with clients for months. “It’s a complicated analysis,” said lawyer Gregory Cannata, whose firm represents about 100 people.

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