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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 […]

Elmiron Lawsuit

Elmiron is a prescription drug for treating interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome. The drug, which Janssen Pharmaceuticals manufactures, was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the US in 1996. It was a relief for patients and clinicians treating interstitial cystitis- a chronic condition affecting the bladder. […]

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 at Yakima Training Centre, Washington

Drinking water sampling at Yakima Training Centre confirmed the presence of high levels of PFAS. During the 2019 sampling, the drinking water well at Yakima Training Area tested for combined PFOS and PFOA of 103ppt. The latest drinking water PFAS sampling of November 2022 established a combined PFOA/PFOS of 3.3ppt. EPA’s most recent drinking water […]

Vint Hill PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water

Vint Hill PFAS Contamination is still disturbing as of October 2023, with unremedied PFOS and PFOA. In 2021, DoD PFAS investigations at Army Virginia Vint Hill Farms reported PFOS contaminations of 410ppt and PFOA of 1,200ppt in drinking water supplies. Groundwater samples analyzed indicated PFOS levels of 450ppt and PFOA of 1,300ppt. Vint Hill, formerly […]

PFAS Contamination at Picatinny Arsenal Army Base

In 2018, the Army confirmed PFAS contamination at Picatinny Arsenal drinking water supply wells. Two wells were found to contain combined PFOS and PFOA of 88.5 ppt and 100.3 ppt. EPA recently changed the LHA for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from the previous combined levels of 70ng/L to 0.004 ppt for […]