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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

Gloria ReynoldsGloria Reynolds
04:16 30 Mar 24
Stephens & Stephens was very helpful in getting my claim processed and helping me in getting my settlement, staff was knowledgeable and professional and very kind if I call and needed to ask a question they would call me back within a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help .Continue to be blessed Gloria
Dee GodfreyDee Godfrey
18:49 12 Mar 24
I was astounded with the service I received from Mr. Hugh Stephens in regard to my husband's compensation claim. He was not only efficient, but also compassionate, and communicated clearly and frequently. Because of his outstanding efforts and expertise, I, who am now a grieving widow, am unexpectedly stabile and secure. I had little to do. He did all the heavy lifting. I'm so very grateful for his help. I'll always remember not only his professionalism, but also his kindness.
Audrey OgletreeAudrey Ogletree
22:19 09 Mar 24
From: Laurence OgletreeI received good assistance from Stephens & Stephens in submitting the recent claim for increased impairment benefits from the Energy Workers program.
Randy MooreRandy Moore
14:48 07 Mar 24
I was a machinist at Honeywell F.M.&T.and developed bilateral tinnitus and bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. They helped me file a claim with EEOICPA in 2017. Stephen’s & Stephen’s was very good to work with, they take care of all the paperwork and help with any paperwork I receive from the Department of Labor. They stay on top of things helping with scheduling impairment reviews etc.I feel that without their help this would have been a very overwhelming process.I plan on still using them if any other illnesses occur due to my employment with Honeywell.
Mike DauzatMike Dauzat
15:54 02 Mar 24
I highly recommend Stevens and Stevens. Hugh Stevens and his staff are very professional and very friendly. They're extremely good at making sure you get the full amount of money you deserve. If you need a DOL lawyer, I highly recommend this team. I can't be more happy that I picked Stevens and Stevens.
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.
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.

What Happens If I’m Denied Benefits Under the EEOICPA?

If you’re working in the nuclear weapons industry, you know the nature of your work exposes you to more risk than usual.

It’s not just any risk: studies show nuclear workers who are constantly exposed to low doses of radiation have 10% higher risks of death due to all cancers except leukemia and a 19% higher risk of death due to leukemia.

It’s only fair to expect benefits for the hazardous nature of your work. Fortunately, the law provides you with that benefit. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) allows nuclear workers and their survivors to recover compensation in case of work-related illness.

What is the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act?

The EEOICPA is a law that provides compensation and medical benefits to nuclear weapons industry employees whose work has made them ill. In case of the workers’ death, their survivors are also qualified to claim the benefits.

Who is Covered Under the EEOICPA?

The list of beneficiaries under the EEOICPA depends on whether they fall under Part B or Part E.

Under Part B, covered employees are current and former workers who have been diagnosed with cancer, chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity, or silicosis, and those whose illnesses were caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium, or silica while working at a covered Department of Energy facility or a covered Atomic Weapons Employer or Beryllium Vendor.

Part E covers DOE contractor or subcontractor employees exposed to toxic substances at a covered DOE facility because of their work, where the exposure caused illness.

The Department of Justice also awarded certain individuals benefits under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). They are also covered under Part B and Part E.

How Can You Claim Benefits Under the EEOICPA?

First, you must file a claim with the Department of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOICP) under Part B, Part E, or both.

The District Office claims examiner will then assist you in gathering the necessary evidence to prove your eligibility to claim benefits under the EEOICPA.

Once the claim is complete with the support of available evidence, the claims examiner will then issue a decision accepting or denying your claim.

How Can a Lawyer Help You Claim Benefits if You’ve been Denied?

If you receive a decision denying your claims, you may file your objections and request a hearing through the Final Adjudicatory Branch (FAB). The objection must also be filed within 60 days from the date of the claims examiner’s decision denying your claim.

Filing an objection is where the technical side of the law comes in, as you will need to prove in detail your illness or illnesses were caused or aggravated by your employment in the nuclear industry.

You will also need to review the probability of causation guidelines packed with legalese and technical terms that may sound unfamiliar to you.

At Stephens & Stephens, our EEOICPA attorneys can help you in all stages of the claims process, even if the FAB denies your claim and you are looking for reconsideration or a reopening. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 716-852-7590. We’ll review your case and fight to get you the benefits you deserve under the law.