The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) provides compensation to certain types of uranium millers, miners, and transporters, as well as downwinders and on-site participants, in specific geographic locations. 

If these individuals have been diagnosed with a qualifying compensable condition, they can be awarded compensation for their suffering. 

If you were an on-site participant or are the surviving family member of someone who was considered an on-site participant, you may be able to pursue a claim under RECA for the compensation you deserve. 

Continue reading to learn more about who on-site participants are and how you can expect to be compensated if your claim is approved. 

Who Are On-Site Participants?

Individuals who participated in the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device may be considered on-site participants. Several different locations are considered “on-site,” including:

  • The Nevada Test Site
  • The Pacific Test Sites
  • The Trinity Test Site
  • The South Atlantic Test Site

Other on-site locations include any location in a naval shipyard, Air Force bases, and other government agencies where equipment that was used in the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device was decontaminated. Also included are locations that were tasked with monitoring the fallout of the nuclear weapons testing and development at the Nevada Test Site. 

How On-Site Participants Can Be Compensated 

To be awarded compensation under RECA, you will need to be able to establish that you or your family member was an on-site participant at a covered facility involving the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device. You will also need to be able to show that you (or they) were diagnosed with a compensable disease related to exposure to toxic substances and radiation. 

Once these two facts are proven, you can be awarded a one-time lump sum payment of up to $75,000. Your lawyer can help you throughout the RECA claims process and any appeals that may arise from a denied claim. 

Reach Out to a RECA Attorney Today

If you are considered an on-site participant or your family member was an on-site participant, you could be entitled to financial compensation. A dedicated RECA lawyer at Stephens & Stephens wants to help you through the claims process—or fight alongside you through your appeal if your claim has been denied

Schedule a no-cost, risk-free case review when you call our office at 716-852-7590. Or fill out our quick contact form, and we will reach out to you to discuss the circumstances of your case.