New York appeals court rules Sept. 11 volunteers not affiliated with agency or group are entitled to benefits

ALBANY – A state appeals court has ruled that volunteers who worked at Ground Zero independent from any group or agency are also entitled to health benefits from the World Trade Center Volunteer Fund.

Jaime Hazan, 43, says the state Workers Compensation Board had denied him benefits multiple times because as a former EMT, he was not affiliated with any agency or volunteer group at the time.

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