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EEOICPA & RECA Attorneys

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

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.
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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How to Appeal a RECA Claim

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) is a Department of Justice (DOJ)–administered federal workers compensation program, with additional benefits available for select other groups, as well. Through the program, people who developed medical conditions or illnesses after coming into contact with radiation or other toxic materials may be eligible for a one-time, lump sum compensation payment from the federal government. 

You’ve suffered a grave illness or medical condition, and you shouldn’t have to face the claims process alone. However, getting compensation is never automatic, and many people are rejected each year. 

The good news is that you can appeal a previously denied claim. If you need help with your claim, you can engage an experienced RECA attorney with Stephens & Stephens

Applying and Appealing a RECA Claim Decision

In order to apply, RECA requires claimants to provide written documentation of their illnesses, as well as specific completed forms, for their compensation claims to be considered. 

Once submitted, your application is marked for review within the torts branch of the DOJ Civil Division. A determination on your claim and compensation eligibility must be made within a year of submitting all relevant documents, and if 12 months pass without a determination, then an application is automatically approved. 

Far from all applications are approved, however. Fortunately, an initial ruling on your eligibility for RECA benefits is not final. You may find success by filing an appeal directly with the DOJ. 

Here’s how it works:

  • You submit a written RECA determination appeal within 60 days of receiving the first decision.
  • An appeals officer will decide whether to uphold or overturn the original decision.
  • In some cases, the claim may be sent back to the DOJ assistant director for additional review.
  • Finally, if the claim is denied again, it’s possible to seek judicial review in the U.S. District Court.

Navigating the RECA claims process is difficult on your own—especially when your previous claim was denied. Get the individualized help you need from a RECA lawyer with Stephens & Stephens.

RECA Claim Denied? Get Help from an Attorney

Your exposure to hazardous chemicals changed your life. You should be eligible for RECA benefits. Don’t give up on your RECA claim without consulting an experienced attorney with Stephens & Stephens first. 

Call 716-852-7590 or fill out the contact form below for more information.