In the wake of the powerful speech by Jon Stewart in early June 2019, Attroney Earner was reminded of one of the first times he helped someone after law school. There was an individual who came to him with multiple forms of terminal cancer and was looking for help.
Attorney Earner spent some time with him and learned he had a family and was nervous about their future. Through that conversation, Earner learned that the gentlemen was south of Canal Street in New York City on and just after September 11, 2001. Attorney Earner, who served in the military for almost 10 years after 9/11, felt a duty to help and began to research whether there were any funds set up for people in the gentleman’s position.
That was when he learned about the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (you can read more about it here). The same act that Jon Stewart gave a passionate speech about in congress.
Attorney Earner was able to help gather enough information to help the gentleman qualify for inclusion on the benefits and worked closely with a New York City law firm that processed the cases full time to get the client qualified for the fund.
In the end, the man received the highest level pay-out from the fund available and was able to receive care and also leave something for his family when he perished. Attorney Earner collected no fees for his legal work and was simply honored to help someone who sacrificed so much to help his fellow countryman during a dark time in our nations history.