9/11 dust

by Walter Olson on February 25, 2008

Ramon Gilsanz, a structural engineer with a small office in Manhattan, showed up at the World Trade Center site to pitch in after the disaster; like many others, he started as a volunteer and found his role evolving into a subcontractor at the city’s request. Now, like about 130 other structural engineers, he is named in many of 8,000 lawsuits filed by the Paul Napoli firm and others over dust exposure to various bystanders. He and another structural engineer said they worked alongside the other rescue and cleanup workers and were never assigned responsibility for air quality. (Jim Dwyer, “For Engineer, a Cloud of Litigation After 9/11″, New York Times, Feb. 23).


1 Todd Rogers 02.25.08 at 1:09 pm

Wow, quite a story. I’m almost afraid to comment fearing that I may find a certified letter on my doorstep. I will say I am quite intrigued by the notion of mass psychological trickery. Whilst in college, I would have greatly benefited from such a remarkable talent. But alas, I had to settle for the old, “hi, can I buy you a drink?”

2 Richard Nieporent 02.25.08 at 7:21 pm

I guess this story falls under no good deed goes unpunished. But don’t worry, as soon as the Democrats take over they will pass a law protecting him from being sued by Paul J. Napoli and the rest of the trial lawyers.*

*Yes, that is a joke.

3 CB_Brooklyn 02.27.08 at 10:08 pm

The “one man” suing is Dr Morgan Reynolds, former Chief Economist of the US Dept of Labor.

4 duaneage 02.29.08 at 3:56 pm

Obviously it’s easier to sue this man for money than Osama bin Laden.

Just see if people pitch in next time, I bet he wished he ran across the brooklyn bridge with everyone else. Something like this really overshadows any good feelings you may have toward what you accomplished as lawyers accuse you of malicious actions and irresponsibility.

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