In the early 2000s, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was passed to help workers exposed to dangerous nuclear radiation get the compensation they needed to recover or live comfortably after the effects of radiation. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get compensated for your suffering.
Luckily, the EEOICPA lawyers at Stephens & Stephens are here to help. If you’ve been exposed in the course of your career, you may have grounds for compensation. Reach out for help with the EEOICPA claims process.
Am I Eligible for an EEOICPA Claim?
First, you need to know whether you meet the requirements for filing a claim. If not, you may be denied compensation, leaving you without the financial help you need and deserve.
To be eligible for Part B of the EEOICPA, you must meet the following requirements:
- You have cancer.
- You have another chronic condition, like chronic silicosis (as one example).
- You have worked at a covered DOE facility, atomic weapons employer (AWE) facility, or a beryllium vendor facility.
To be eligible for Part E of the EEOICPA and to get benefits, you must have been a Department of Energy (DOE) worker or contractor. Fortunately, your lawyer can use your work record to help you prove eligibility. They can also help you get evidence from the right doctors to prove you were injured by your job and to prove impairment if needed.
Benefits Offered Through the EEOICPA
But what does the EEOICPA offer to suffering workers? This act can help workers like you get compensated so they don’t have to worry about the costs of their condition.
For example, you may be eligible for medical coverage. If your claim is approved, you may receive funds for your medical care. That way, you don’t have to pay out of pocket for your care. You may also receive a lump sum payment. Its size will depend on what you’re qualified for. Your lawyer can explain the details of what you’re due based on your case.
You may also be due compensation for wage loss under Part E of the EEOICPA. You may even receive funds while still working if you’re given an impairment rating. Talk to your lawyer about your current ability and your work status before you file.
What if I’m Denied?
You may have already filed an EEOICPA claim, only to be told you don’t qualify for benefits under the act. That can be disheartening, especially when you’re facing a devastating cancer diagnosis, or when you’ve lost a loved one to radiation-related illness.
But you have three chances to file. Your EEOICPA lawyer can help you re-submit your claim with the evidence you need, including clearer exam results and other necessary information. If you’re worried about getting your benefits, your lawyer can represent you during this difficult time.
Connect with an EEOICPA Lawyer About Your Claim
If you’ve suffered through a devastating illness because you were exposed to dangerous radiation at work, you have options. Your lawyer at Stephens & Stephens can help you navigate EEOICPA claims, represent you through an appeals process, and make sure you get the coverage that’s right for you. Start with a free consultation by calling 716-852-7590 or completing the online contact form below.