When your job involves radiation exposure, you may have suffered from serious illnesses related to that exposure. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA) is supposed to compensate you for these losses, but you may not be happy with their decision.
To object to an EEOICPA decision, you may need a little help. The EEOICPA lawyers at Stephens & Stephens can provide the tools, representation, and resources you need when disputing a decision on your claim.
Time Limits to Object
First, you don’t have much time to dispute your EEOICPA decision. EEOICPA claims are meant to compensate ill workers and help support their families as soon as possible. These claims also have short deadlines once you’ve received a decision.
You’ll need to act within sixty days if you want to dispute the decision. If you don’t dispute the decision within the time limit, you may be barred from acting.
Because of this, you may need to act fast if you were denied compensation, or if your compensation didn’t cover the amount you were seeking. Failing to act in time can prevent you from getting the closure you need for your claim.
Process for EEOICPA Objections
If you believe you were unfairly denied, or if you didn’t receive the settlement you were due, you may begin by objecting to the decision. A claim can be opened for many reasons, but you typically need to provide evidence for your claim if you believe you were unfairly compensated.
Once your objection has been reviewed, any new evidence will be reviewed by the Final Adjudication Branch (FAB). The FAB will then determine whether to uphold the original decision or to adjust your claim.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Disputing a claim, especially something as complex as an EEOICPA claim, can be a daunting task. You may have several types of evidence to gather, from medical exams to employment records, and any mistakes can be costly.
Because of this, speaking with a lawyer can make a big difference in your claim. Your lawyer can represent you in any hearings, and they can help you prepare any paperwork you need for your claim. That takes the pressure off you when you’re already struggling with the aftermath of radiation exposure.
Reach Out for Guidance with Your EEOICPA Objection
You’ve suffered through cancer or other severe diseases because of radiation exposure, and the government may be responsible for your suffering. To make things worse, they may have failed to compensate you fairly.
At Stephens & Stephens, we know not every EEOICPA decision is in the client’s favor. That’s why we’re prepared to fight for the compensation you’re due. Start with a free consultation if you’re unhappy with the EEOICPA decision you were given by calling 716-852-7590 or by completing the online contact form below.