Court Restores $5.2M Award in 1993 WTC Blast

NEW YORK (AP) -

A 71-year-old Colorado woman severely injured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was left elated and then disappointed in one week after a court reinstated a $5.2 million jury award for her injuries two days before the owner of the now-destroyed twin towers delayed payment by planning another appeal.

“She feels victimized again,” Linda Nash’s lawyer, Louis Mangone, said Friday after it was learned that the Port Authority plans to challenge a unanimous ruling Tuesday by the Manhattan Appellate Division in Nash’s favor. The appeals court said another court erred when it vacated Nash’s award.

Meanwhile, the size of Nash’s award with interest and other charges is likely approaching $10 million, lawyers said. The Colorado resident was awarded the damages in a 2009 trial.

Nash was working for Deloitte & Touche as a senior actuarial and benefits consultant in February 1993 when she got out of her car to return to work and was knocked unconscious by the explosion. Six people were killed and more than 1,000 others were injured in the attack. Firefighters looking for a colleague who had fallen into the six-story-deep bomb crater found Nash.

She testified she was fired from her $125,000 job in mid-1994 because she could no longer function while coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, memory problems and anxiety around crowds or when surprised.