Attack on America

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:49 by admin
On September 11, 2001, the world watched in horror as thousands of hard working Americans and foreigners alike were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and four civilian airliners. While most of us have managed to proceed with our daily lives, tens of thousands of families and friends grieve today and will continue to grieve for the rest of their lives. Thousands of promising futures were squelched by faceless terrorists; gone are mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters.

Not only were lives lost in September, but Americans' way of life was forever altered. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced in lower Manhattan and others have lost their jobs in the economic fallout of the catastrophe. Many of those who were fortunate enough to escape the crumbling World Trade Center were subsequently injured or killed by falling debris. Rubble still fills lower Manhattan, crippling the city and making economic and emotional recovery difficult.

As President Bush has reminded us, the United States is strong, and we will prevail over this evil. Osama bin Laden's organization and other terrorist groups are wealthy and well financed, however, they are not invincible. While our military systematically eliminates these evil organizations, trial lawyers, including those associated with, are preparing to wage a financial battle against terror.

Lawsuits have been filed against bin Laden, other terrorist groups, and governments that support them. Under the Federal Anti-Terrorism and Death Penalty Act of 1996 attorneys will seek monetary vengeance and retribution against these organizations for the acts of terror perpetrated on this country. The goal of such legal action is two fold; first, to drain the resources of terror in order to prevent future attacks, and second, to provide the families of the victims with compensation.

Suits have also been filed against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (owners of the property which housed the World Trade Center), airlines whose planes were hijacked in the attacks (American and United) and Boeing.

In September 2003, a federal judge ruled that lawsuits against Boeing, the airlines and the Port Authority could proceed. The companies had argued that they had no responsibility to foresee and protect against the attacks, but Judge Alvin Hellerstien thought, among other things, that Boeing could have equipped the airplanes with impenetrable cockpit doors, as the technology was available.

Wrongful death suits relating to the terrorist attacks had to be filed by September 11, 2003, but New York State pushed the date for filing back to March 2004, a move that will likely be challenged or apply only to residents of that state.

Aside from possible lawsuits, victims' families could have received compensation from a fund established by Congress called the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. In addition, many ATLA attorneys have volunteered to assist families during the collection process. Please visit Trial Lawyers Care for more information on this free service.

If a loved one was injured or killed in the September 11th attacks, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit. As of today, the time limit has been reached for all lawsuits related to injuries or deaths sustained by the attacks. 

Attorneys associated with will evaluate your case free of charge. In addition, you will not pay any fees or costs unless your attorney recovers money for you. Please click on the free Ask An Attorney button to take advantage of this valuable service.

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