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Stephens & Stephens has obtained over $60 million through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and the Energy Employees Occupation Illness Compensation Act for our clients

Gloria ReynoldsGloria Reynolds
04:16 30 Mar 24
Stephens & Stephens was very helpful in getting my claim processed and helping me in getting my settlement, staff was knowledgeable and professional and very kind if I call and needed to ask a question they would call me back within a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help .Continue to be blessed Gloria
Dee GodfreyDee Godfrey
18:49 12 Mar 24
I was astounded with the service I received from Mr. Hugh Stephens in regard to my husband's compensation claim. He was not only efficient, but also compassionate, and communicated clearly and frequently. Because of his outstanding efforts and expertise, I, who am now a grieving widow, am unexpectedly stabile and secure. I had little to do. He did all the heavy lifting. I'm so very grateful for his help. I'll always remember not only his professionalism, but also his kindness.
Audrey OgletreeAudrey Ogletree
22:19 09 Mar 24
From: Laurence OgletreeI received good assistance from Stephens & Stephens in submitting the recent claim for increased impairment benefits from the Energy Workers program.
Randy MooreRandy Moore
14:48 07 Mar 24
I was a machinist at Honeywell F.M.&T.and developed bilateral tinnitus and bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. They helped me file a claim with EEOICPA in 2017. Stephen’s & Stephen’s was very good to work with, they take care of all the paperwork and help with any paperwork I receive from the Department of Labor. They stay on top of things helping with scheduling impairment reviews etc.I feel that without their help this would have been a very overwhelming process.I plan on still using them if any other illnesses occur due to my employment with Honeywell.
Mike DauzatMike Dauzat
15:54 02 Mar 24
I highly recommend Stevens and Stevens. Hugh Stevens and his staff are very professional and very friendly. They're extremely good at making sure you get the full amount of money you deserve. If you need a DOL lawyer, I highly recommend this team. I can't be more happy that I picked Stevens and Stevens.
Mary YbarraMary Ybarra
01:33 27 Feb 24
Stephen’s and Stephen’s has kept fight for my dad. Now they are fight for my mom. They are on top of things and I would recommend them to anyone who needs help and guidance with the Uranium mines.
Dianne HarperDianne Harper
01:02 17 Feb 24
Robert and I are very pleased with Mr. Hugh Stephens and all that he has done for us. From the first moment we spoke, we sensed that though Mr. Stephens exhibits sharp business acumen, he cares deeply about his clients and he has a huge heart.
Diane pontonDiane ponton
17:38 07 Feb 24
I tried to get others to help me with this claim, and it wasn"t until I hired Mr. Stephens that things started happening. I would recommend any one to get in touch with him . I would go to him again, if i ever needed to.
Judy LeonardJudy Leonard
22:26 06 Feb 24
I very much appreciate the successful litigation concerning my husband's Hanford work related illness. Stephens & Stephens LLP were thorough, caring, considerate, and fair during this difficult time.
Kenneth GKenneth G
18:23 03 Feb 24
Mr. Stephens was able to simplify an otherwise complicated lengthy process (DEEOIC) to file an initial claim as well as a claim for impairment benefits.
18:08 03 Feb 24
Frankie KnucFrankie Knuc
19:24 08 Jan 24
I had other attorneys hired in Cortez, Colorado and Grand Jct., Colorado to assist me with receiving my uranium claim, but they were not successful. I was advised by an employee of CNS of Stephens & Stephens, LLP good work. I contacted them & they took my case It was settled very quickly. I have been very pleased with this group & would advise others of their prompt service. I would recommend them to others. Respectfully, Frankie Knuckles
Rebecca ConsolRebecca Consol
19:57 22 Dec 23
My family used Stephen’s and Stephen’s for a settlement case. We were extremely pleased with all they did. They were very professional, easy to get a hold of, and invaluable when it came to answering questions and handling complicated Department of Labor issues and forms. They also did everything in a very timely manner. I have already recommended them to other people.
Thomas CliffordThomas Clifford
15:29 21 Dec 23
I have been represented by Hugh Stevens for several years now, He and his staff has made everything so easy for me. I had lung cancer from working in the uranium processing industry, they have opened so many doors for me and made dealing with DOL so much easier. They always answer my questions in a very timely manner. I have referred several other people to him and he has been able to get them through this process also. There are benefits that I was not aware of that he has brought to my attention and been able to lead me through the process of obtaining them. I would most highly recommend him to lead anyone through this process.
Lonnie killingHawkLonnie killingHawk
02:35 14 Dec 23
When I first contacted Stephens & Stephens I was at the end of my rope with DOL. Hough and his staff got me on track and handled everything with DOL and just made this process so easy. Do not know where I'd be with out them. They are able to communicate at a layman's level and understand the client. Would strongly recommend this firm.
Ruthy LyonRuthy Lyon
21:00 28 Sep 23
Our initial conversation with Mr. Stephens was productive & reassuring. His previous experience with similar cases was obvious and very helpful, in both asking us specific questions for clarification & also addressing our own questions. Breanna is also a great asset to their team.
James O'DayJames O'Day
15:07 13 Sep 23
I have referred several friends to Hugh Stephens and they were more satisfied than they ever expected. I would refer him with confidence to anyone in need. I trust when he speaks for me, for example, in court. He is a good communicator and a deep thinker. He is well respected in his profession. He handles environmental law, injury law, and medical malpractice. He is tactful and direct and knows what he is doing. He knows the legal briar patches well.

Radiation-Exposed Veterans Compensation Act (REVCA)

REVCA Claims Assistance

Between 1945 and 1962, the United States detonated approximately two hundred nuclear devices at test sites in Nevada and in the South Pacific. It is estimated that approximately 400,000 military personnel and civilian employees were exposed to radiation during these test programs.

The Radiation-Exposed Veterans Compensation Act of 1988 (REVCA) was enacted to provide a presumption of service connection for disability compensation to American veterans who developed certain cancers following exposure during service to ionizing radiation generated by the detonation of atomic explosives during World War II and the subsequent occupation of Japan.

  • As of July 1994, approximately 14,696 out of 16,228, or 90.56%, of atomic veterans’ claims had been denied.
  • As of October 2004, approximately 16,400 out of 18,275, or 88.6%, of atomic veterans’ disability claims had been denied.

File a REVCA Claim: Contact the U.S. Department of Energy

Veterans who seek such payment and health-care must file a claim with the VA alleging that they have an ailment and that it is service-connected.  The VA will then assess the claim by examining the individual and his or her medical and military record.
In order to get the necessary military records for filing a claim under REVCA, RECA, or the EEOICPA, you can request files from the U.S. Department of Energy by writing to the following address or contacting them by telephone:

U.S. Department of Energy
Bechtel Nevada
Attn: Dosimetry Research Project, M/S CF401
P.O. Box 98521
Las Vegas, NV 89193-8521
Phone: 702-295-3521
Fax: 702-295-1624

When you write and/or call the above number:

  1. Request the “Radiation Exposure History” and The “Privacy Act Form NV-192.”
  2. After you receive the forms, fill them out and return them to Bechtel Nevada.
  3. In addition, be sure to request all the information they have listed about you, especially the Form For Recording Film Badge Issue And Processing Results, as well as the Form For Recording Film Badge Issue And Processing Results–Equipment.
  4. Make sure to tell them which atomic test you were in, your military unit or organization and the date you were exposed to radiation.

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Help Filing a REVCA Claim

Stephens & Stephens is a leading law firm specializing in radiation exposure. If you or a family member were an uranium worker and developed a condition due to exposure to harmful radiation, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $150K plus medical benefits. For EEOICPA or RECA claims assistance, contact our counsel at 1-800-548-4494 or fill out our free claim evaluation. We can still offer help if you’ve already filed, even if your claim was denied!

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Radiation-Exposed Veterans Compensation Act (REVCA)

The Radiation-Exposed Veterans Compensation Act of 1988 (REVCA) (H.R. 1811, Pub. L. 101-321, 102 Stat. 485 [OR] Pub. L. 100-322, 102 Stat. 534), codified at 38 C.F.R. § 3.309(d) (Disease subject to presumptive service connection – Diseases specific to radiation-exposed veterans) (May 1, 1988 [OR] May 20, 1988) and codified as amended at 38 U.S.C. § 1112(c) (Wartime Disability Compensation – Presumptions relating to certain diseases and disabilities) was passed in response to veterans’ complaints about the costs and difficulty involved in dose reconstructions under the Veterans Dioxin and Radiation Exposure Compensation Standards Act of 1984 (VDRECSA). Like VDRECSA, REVCA is administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Under VDRECSA, the VA was required to establish criteria and standards for veteran claimants under the normal case-by-case process for administration of service-connected claims. VDRECSA applies to any radiation exposure of any veteran in the course of military service. Under REVCA, no dose reconstruction is required, and the claimant does not need to prove a direct causal connection between the disease and the exposure; however, REVCA’s application is limited to a defined class of “radiation-exposed veterans” who have certain listed radiogenic conditions for which REVCA provides a presumptive connection to exposure to ionizing radiation. REVCA essentially shifts the burden of proving direct service connection and gives veterans the benefit of the doubt on qualifying claims. See 38 U.S.C. § 5107(b). Under REVCA, VA provides disability benefits (38 U.S.C. §§ 1112(c)(1), 1114, 1115) and free medical care (38 U.S.C. § 1710(a)(1)(A)) if the veteran claimant shows exposure to radiation under certain circumstances and contraction of a listed radiogenic disease within a certain latency period; i.e.:

1.  Participation, either while serving on active duty, or while a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces during a period of active duty for training of inactive duty training, in a “radiation-risk activity”; i.e.: (38 C.F.R. § 3.309(d)(3)); i.e.,

  • Onsite participation in a test involving the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device [approximately 210,000 participants (i.e., 202,000 service members and 8,000 civilians/contractors)]; i.e.: (1) During the official “operational period” (see 38 C.F.R. § 3.309(d)(3)(v)) of an atmospheric nuclear test, presence at the test site, or performance of official military duties in connection with ships, aircraft, or other equipment used in direct support of the nuclear test; (2) During the six-month period following the official “operational period” (see 38 C.F.R. § 3.309(d)(3)(v)) of an atmospheric nuclear test, presence at the test site or other test staging area to perform official military duties in connection with completion of projects related to the nuclear test, including decontamination of equipment used during the nuclear test; (3) Service as a member of the garrison or maintenance forces on Enewetak between June 21, 1951 and July 1, 1952, Aug. 7, 1956 and Aug. 7, 1957, or Nov. 1, 1958 and Apr. 30, 1959; (4) Assignment to official military duties at Naval Shipyards involving the decontamination of ships that participated in Operation Crossroads;
  • Occupation of Hiroshima or Nagasaki, Japan (see 38 C.F.R. § 3.309(d)(3)(vi)), by United States forces during the period between Aug. 6, 1945 and July 1, 1946 [approximately 195,000 participants];
  • Internment as a prisoner of war in Japan (or service on active duty in Japan immediately following such internment) (see 38 C.F.R. § 3.309(d)(3)(vii)) during World War II which resulted in an opportunity for exposure to ionizing radiation comparable to that of the United States occupation forces in Hiroshima or Nagasaki, Japan, during the period between Aug. 6, 1945 and July 1, 1946;
  • Service including presence, as part of official military duties, for at least 250 days before Feb. 1, 1992 on the grounds of a gaseous diffusion plant in Paducah, KY, Portsmouth, OH, or Oak Ridge, TN Area K-25, if during such service the veteran was monitored with dosimetry badges for each of the 250 days of service, or served for each of the 250 days of service in a position that had exposures comparable to a job that is or was monitored through the use of dosimetry badges;
  • Service on Amchitka Island, Alaska before Jan. 1, 1974, if, during such service, the veteran was exposed to ionizing radiation in the performance of duty related to the Long Shot, Milrow, or Cannikin underground nuclear tests;
  • Service in a capacity which, if performed as a DOE employee, would qualify the individual for inclusion as a member of the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA)

2. Thereafter developed one of 21 listed specified radiogenic diseases (38 C.F.R. § 3.309(d)(2)) (38 U.S.C. § 1112(c)(2); 38 C.F.R. § 3.311b(b)(2)); i.e.,

  • Leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Primary liver cancer (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphomas (except Hodgkin’s disease)
  • Bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma
  • Cancer of the: Thyroid, Breast, Pharynx, Esophagus, Stomach, Small intestine, Pancreas, Gall bladder, Bile ducts, Salivary gland, Urinary tract (kidneys, renal pelves, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra), Bone, Brain, Colon, Lung, Ovary.
  • Ovarian Cancer (1993)
  • Parathyroid Adenoma (1993)
  • Posterior subcapsular cataracts (1988)
  • Non-malignant thyroid nodular disease (1988)

3. The disease must also have manifested itself within a specified period of time; i.e., within 40 years after the veteran last participated in the military radiation-related activity, or, for leukemia, within 30 years after such participation. For veterans of types A or B above, therefore, the period for manifestation of the disease expired between 1975 and 1976 (or between 1985 and 1986 for leukemia).

Disability compensation rates depend upon the degree of disability and follow the payment schedule applicable to all veterans. Disability ratings are in increments of 10%. In addition to disability compensation, VA provides health care for radiation exposure-related illness, and maintains a registry program for veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. Veterans on the Registry are provided a complete physical examination. Veterans who do not qualify under the above criteria for compensation under REVCA require a case-by-case analysis of their claim by the VA under the general process for service-connected ailments under VDRECSA.