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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

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.
dave DONAIDdave DONAID
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions | EEOICPA

Answers to your EEOICPA Questions

What is the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (EEOICPA) Program?

The Department of Labor, Office of Worker Compensation Programs, administers EEOICPA. These claims are Federal Workers Compensation Claims which provide compensation to those who worked for the Department of Energy (DOE) or under a DOE contract at a designated Department of Energy (DOE) Facility or an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) facility.

Here we provide a comprehensive list of EEOICPA Facilities.

The law was enacted in 2000 by Congress and went into effect in 2001. EEOICPA covers workers and work sites currently or formerly administered by the Department of Energy (DOE) and Atomic Energy Commission.

Is the EEOICPA program real?

As of April 2018, over 299,000 claims have been filed with almost $15 billion paid in total compensation and medical bills by the Department of Labor. Stephens & Stephens has worked directly with the DOL and has secured over $50 million for our clients. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Who qualifies for EEOICPA benefits?

Nuclear Weapons Workers who worked for the Department of Energy (DOE) in the production or testing of atomic weapons are eligible for EEOICPA benefits. Their eligible survivors including the surviving spouse, children (including step children), grandchildren and parents can apply for benefits as well.

Am I eligible for EEOICPA compensation?

If you, your parent (step-parent), spouse, or your grandparent worked for a Department of Energy facility or an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) facility and currently has a condition related to exposure to radiation and/or a toxic substance or passed away from a condition related to exposure to radiation and/or a toxic substance then you are eligible to apply for compensation under EEOICPA. Compensation will depend on whether the Department of Labor (DOL) can verify a connection between exposure to radiation and/or a toxic substance and the illness or condition in question.

We have obtained over $50 million establishing this connection for our clients. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

EEOICPA – Do I need an attorney?

When filing an EEOICPA claim, you have the option to file on your own, file with professional advocates or representatives, or use an EEOICPA attorney. The fees will be the same whether you choose a reputable lawyer, professional advocate or other representative.

Lawyers are held to a higher ethical standard imposed by the state bar and licensing authority. Reputable lawyers also carry professional liability insurance for the protection of their clients.

We strongly recommend you seek assistance for your claim, as the Department of Labor denies approximately 50% of claims!

No matter what you choose, the following is available for you:

  • You may be eligible for up to $400,000.
  • Tax-free awards.
  • No fee unless you are awarded.
  • Fees are 2% for an initial claim, plus 10% if the claim is recommended for denial.
  • The fees charged by lawyers and advocates are limited by the EEOICPA statutes themselves.

Do I need a lawyer if I’ve suffered injuries related to my work?

Getting compensated when you’ve suffered because of your occupation shouldn’t be difficult. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy. You may not have the resources for your claim, and filing a formal claim is already hard when you’re sick. Make your claim easier on yourself by seeking out an attorney.

What illnesses are covered?

The illnesses covered by EEOICPA – specifically the 22 Specified Cancers covered by the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) are provided for your reference here. These 22 cancers refer to the types of cancers required for a worker to be given Special Exposure Cohort status. Claims may also be filed for workers who were diagnosed with a cancer outside of the list of 22 cancers.

I think I am eligible for compensation. What now?

We encourage potential claimants to allow us to file their claims. We send out an authorized representative form and an engagement letter. The authorized representative form allows us to represent your interests before the Department of Labor (DOL). They ultimately decide whether your claim will be approved or denied.

How much is my EEOICPA claim worth?

The value of a claim may vary based on age, years worked, exposure amounts, and other factors. When seeking compensation from the right authorities, you may have trouble getting the compensation you’re due. Luckily, your lawyer is here to help. They can calculate your claim’s value, as well as ensure you seek compensation from the right department and that you act swiftly for your claim.

Are EEOICPA settlements taxable?

Luckily, certain federal laws prevent workers’ settlements from being taxed. US Code 42 states that your compensation is not included in your gross income when it comes to filing your taxes.

What is the engagement letter?

This engagement letter lists our fees – which are limited by the EEOICPA statutes themselves.

  • Fees are 2% for an initial claim, plus 10% if the claim is recommended for denial.
  • The fees will be the same whether you choose a reputable lawyer, professional advocate or other representative.
  • We do not receive compensation if your claim is not paid.
  • The compensation that is paid by the Department of Labor is wired directly into your account.
  • After you receive your compensation we send you an invoice for 2%, 10%, or 12% of the compensation based on (1) whether you were paid on the initial claim, (2) if we only handled the objection and/or hearing, or (3) if we handled both the initial claim and the objection and/or hearing.

How do I prove being an energy worker caused my occupational illness?

If your injuries or illnesses don’t meet eligibility requirements for SEC claims, you may need to do more to prove you’re due compensation. Your evidence may include proving you were employed by the company and that you were exposed to dangerous substances over time. Your lawyer can help you determine your best options for evidence.

I would like Stephens & Stephens to handle my EEOICPA claim.

Please contact us by phone at 1-800-548-4494, email (hstephens@stephensstephens.com) or through the contact form here on our site. We will first seek to understand the nature of your claim. If you wish to proceed from there we will send you an authorization agreement that will allow us to represent you to the Department of Labor.

  • If you have already filed a claim with the Department of Labor and your claim has been denied, we may still be able to assist you. If this is the case we will request your entire case file from the Department of Labor and determine the best strategy to proceed with from our review of the case file.
  • If you have a never filed a claim before, we will file the initial paperwork and correspond with the Department of Labor on your behalf. We will need the necessary documentation to file your claim. This includes survivorship evidence (i.e birth certificates if you are the child of a deceased worker, marriage certificate if you are the spouse of a deceased worker) and medical evidence of your claims (medical records such as pathology reports, PFT results, biopsy results, medical narratives, etc).

I have already begun filing, what now?

Stephens & Stephens will obtain a copy of the DOL file and pick up where you left off. We will do our best to ensure that your hard work is brought to a final resolution. On denied EEOICPA claims we obtain a copy of the DOL file which includes all documentation related to your claim. We analyze the reason why your claim was denied in the first place and we urge the DOL or the DOJ to accept your claim.

We frequently work with experts including Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physicians and Health Physicists and occasionally Subject Matter Experts to present a professionally prepared analysis built on strong supporting evidence.

How long does the claims process take?

There are a number of factors that can affect the Department of Labor’s ability to verify you claim. While we are unable to guarantee our ability to secure a more expedient adjudication, our team is experienced at working with Department of Labor claims examiners to ensure that claims are processed in a timely manner.

  • Claims process generally takes around six months.
  • Dose reconstruction claims can take a year.
  • If a claimant is terminal the claim process can be expedited and lead to a payment within days instead of months.
  • If claims have been denied, there can be a considerable work period before re-presenting them to DOL, sometimes years.

Are EEOICPA settlements taxable?

Luckily, certain federal laws prevent workers’ settlements from being taxed. US Code 42 states that your compensation is not included in your gross income when it comes to filing your taxes.

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