People who don’t know they are ill or who get sick in the future will still be able to apply, but people who are sick now — and their lawyers — have been facing a time crunch to be included.
Sources told The News that in a recent regular call between Justice Department officials and a broader group of 9/11 law firms, the DOJ officials included representatives from the health program to repeat their concerns about fraud.
The News reached out to all the named firms and three responded: Advocates for Justice said its lawyers had never submitted documents that were not properly signed.
Jonathan Schulman, a partner for Slater, Slater & Schulman, acknowledged they had submitted two of the three required release forms due to conflicting information from the program; however, they are now submitting all the correct paperwork.
And finally, one of the firms called to try and sign up the News reporter for benefits.
One attorney familiar with the programs — who is not a recipient of any of the letters, was stunned by the details.
“My fellow lawyers should know the law. It’s not that hard,” the lawyer said, requesting anonymity to speak freely. “It really boggles the mind that lawyers would do this. You just don’t sign someone else’s name to an application seeking federal benefits. It’s basic.”
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