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If you’ve been exposed to radiation or toxic substances at work and got ill as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.

The financial consequences of a radiation-related illness can be devastating. Fortunately, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA) provides benefits to eligible workers who fall under the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) classification. Don’t fret if you’ve been denied on your first application for benefits. Our lawyers are standing by to gather the required evidence and appeal the decision.

What is the Special Exposure Cohort?

Under the EEOICPA, there is a specific class of employees eligible to receive benefits without undergoing the dose reconstruction process. This class is referred to as the Special Exposure Cohort.

The SEC covers employees who have at least one of the 22 SEC Cancers and have worked for a given period at any SEC facility.

What Are the 22 SEC Cancers?

The SEC Cancers include bone cancer, renal cancer, leukemia (excluding chronic lymphocytic leukemia), provided the onset of the disease was at least two years after first exposure, and lung cancer (excluding lung cancer discovered during or after a post-mortem exam).

For the following diseases, their onset must be within at least five years after the first exposure:

What Are the SEC Facilities?

The SEC Facilities are the sites where you worked, as a result of which you got one of the 22 SEC Cancers enumerated above. They are:

How Can an Attorney Help You Claim Benefits under the SEC?

If you can prove that you got one of the 22 cancers and worked at any of the SEC facilities, the law already raises a presumption of causation. This means that you don’t need to prove that your employment caused cancer separately.

At Stephens & Stephens, our EEOICPA attorneys can help take care of the complicated legal, procedural, and technical matters so you can focus on making a full recovery from your illness. Feel free to call us anytime at 716-852-7590 for a quick review of your case!

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