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Personal Injury and Workers’ compensation Statutes of Limitations

It is not unusual for an illness or injury to implicate several statutes of limitation. A person can be diagnosed with terminal cancer as a result of workplace exposure to asbestos or another hazardous substance, for example. Such a person might also pass away as a result of his or her illness. Under such circumstances, […]

All You Need to Know About the Federal Black Lung Program

Federal Black Lung Program, or Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation, administers benefits filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. Under this Act, miners who are totally disabled from pneumoconiosis due to coal mine employment and their survivors may file for compensation. “Totally disabled” means the victim is unable to perform the work they did […]

EEOICPA Claims Process

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA) compensates employees/survivors of the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors and subcontractors suffering from specific illnesses due to exposure to radiation and other toxic substances as authorized by the Act. Stephens and Stephens EEOICPA claims attorneys help victims affected by toxic exposures at covered facilities get […]

The Use and Contamination of PFAS at DOE Facilities

The DOE used PFAS industrially as wetting agents for mist suppression during chrome plating and electroplating processes. PFAS at DOE facilities were also used in various industrial products, such as tubing, piping, seals, gaskets, cables, paints, coatings, and flame retardants. Perfluorinated chemicals were used on an industrial scale in Manhattan Project-era uranium processing operations. PFAS […]

DEEOIC Procedure Manual 2023 Changes

The Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) made the following changes to the publication of the Federal (EEOICPA) Procedure Manual (PM) in the latest version 7.1 (v7.1) released on March 15, 2023. The DEEOIC Procedure Manual 2023 Changes appear as follows: Chapter 11 Initial Development Ch. 11.7c has been updated to reference relevant […]

PFAS Contamination at Fort Leavenworth Army Base, Kansas Drinking Water

2016 testing of PFAS Contamination at Fort Leavenworth Army Base, Kansas, drinking water supply wells indicated very high combined PFAS results, with two wells testing 649 and 159 ppt. During the 2016 sampling, the treated drinking water at the installation had a combined PFOA/PFOS of 98ppt. 2019 sampling data from drinking water well PWW-08 established […]

Coordinating State Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Chapter three of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) defines procedures for coordinating state workers’ compensation (SWC) benefits. During the coordination of benefits, some compensations payable under part E of the Act are reduced to cover benefits previously issued to the claimant for the same illness. Provisions under Chapter Three on coordinating […]

Exposure and Causation Presumptions under EEOICPA

EEOICPA defines some exposure presumptions in exhibit 15-4 of the procedure manual which make it easier for claimants to get compensation without having to prove the causation of their illnesses. These EEOICPA exposure and causation presumptions are periodically updated based on new scientific evidence and depend on the nature, frequency, and duration of exposure. They […]

Roundup and multiple myeloma (MM) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)

Roundup is a glyphosate-based herbicide widely used by large-scale farmers worldwide. Glyphosate is a chemical used in herbicides to kill weeds and grass. It works by blocking the production of a protein or enzyme that supports plant growth. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) committees of scientists evaluated several studies and […]