When you file for benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), there’s no guarantee you’ll receive benefits right away. That’s especially true if you filed without the help of an EEOICPA lawyer. Mistakes may have been made, and you may even be devastated by an initial denial or a smaller settlement than what you’re owed.
You don’t have to accept that. The lawyers at Stephens & Stephens are here to help you appeal your EEOICPA claim and get compensated fairly. That way, you can focus on your health and your quality of life, not on your financial situation.
Requesting a Claim Reopening
When you open an EEOICPA claim under Part B, Part E, or both, your claim will be reviewed by a claim examiner. They determine whether you meet the requirements for eligibility and whether your illness was most likely caused by your employment. Then, they make a recommended decision, where your claim is approved or denied.
But that doesn’t have to be the end of your claim. If you believe you shouldn’t have been denied, or that you didn’t receive the EEOICPA benefits you’re due, your lawyer can help you reopen your EEOICPA claim and object to the EEOICPA decision. You’ll simply need to file a request for a hearing with your reason for reopening.
Representation for Your Appeal
When you’re suffering from a dangerous disease like certain cancers or silicosis, you may have difficulties appealing your claim—instead, your health is likely to be your top priority. You may also have trouble accessing necessary records, such as employment records, medical records, and other documentation that would support your claim.
Your lawyer can help you gather new evidence to bring forward in your hearing. That takes the pressure off you when you’re suffering and don’t have the experience that’s needed. Once evidence is gathered, your lawyer can represent you in the courtroom and in communications with the Final Adjudication Branch (FAB). We can even take your appeal to federal court if you’re continually denied unfairly.
Appealing Your EEOICPA Claim? Call a Lawyer
When your EEOICPA claim is denied, it can leave you paying out of pocket for major expenses you shouldn’t have to worry about. That’s not fair to you and your family. Luckily, even if you’ve been denied, you still have a chance to get compensated.
The lawyers at Stephens & Stephens are here to help you appeal your EEOICPA claim when you’re denied. They can guide you through this process, starting with a free consultation, so you don’t have to worry about the details. You can simply focus on your health and your recovery. When you’re ready, reach out for help by calling 716-852-7590 or by completing the following online contact form.