Cases & Deals

Social security benefits granted to World Trade Center victim in precedent-setting case

Clients Guadalupe, Antonio

In connection with Jones Day's representation of the infant son born posthumously to a firefighter who died on September 11, 2001, the Firm had successfully obtained on the infant's behalf, over $1M in charitable funds and funds from the World Trade Center Victim's Fund. In establishing the infant's right to such funds, an order of filiations was issued by a New York family court. However, the Social Security Administration would not accept the order of filiations for purposes of social security benefits. Finally, after six years of requests for reconsideration and appeals, social security benefits were finally granted, retroactively. The administrative judge noted in his decision that the case developed a pattern that could be applied as precedent to other 9/11 cases and would have a direct impact on military and similar cases as well.