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Cancer-stricken WTC worker gets $0 settlement check

Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker Edgar Galvis has finally received a compensation check — for zero dollars.

The 51-year-old Queens man, who suffered sinus problems and then throat cancer after months of removing toxic debris from the World Financial Center, was relieved to get a check in the mail for his court settlement with Merrill Lynch, whose offices he had cleaned.

But he was stunned when he saw the amount: $0.00.

His award had been $10,005, but his lawyers at the firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli Bern lopped off $2,579 for unitemized legal expenses.

TOILING: Galvis spent months clearing offices of debris at Ground Zero.

TOILING: Galvis spent months clearing offices of debris at Ground Zero.

Then they took a 33.3 percent fee of $2,124.

They also subtracted $352, a fee to the lawyer who referred him.

The remaining $4,950 was withheld for unspecified “liens,” the letter says. Galvis thinks this was repayment of workers’ compensation for aid.

“I have hit rock bottom,” said Galvis, who is jobless and $30,000 in debt. “I was expecting a check, and you can imagine how I felt when I opened it. I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a joke.”

The father of two, who lives in Glendale with his fiancée and her two kids, said he had to sell his car and relies on relatives for rent. “I get collection agencies whenever I open the mail. What little credit I had I don’t have anymore,” he said.

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1 Comment

  1. Bob Marshall

    August 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    this is a disgrace but it show one more reason Obama needs to go. When you realize what this man sacrificed and most likely unaware of the danger it is enough to make one sick to their stomach.

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