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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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What Is a Downwinder?

When the U.S. government conducted nuclear weapons tests at the midpoint of the last century, it did so with the intent of bolstering weapons capacities that provided for the national defense. In the process, however, the nuclear tests were responsible for putting American citizens in harm’s way. 

Nuclear fallout from the testing done at the federal Nevada test site in the 1950s and ’60s exposed people living in the areas downwind of the testing sites to harmful chemicals and radiation—sometimes up to hundreds of miles away. Sadly, the link between radiation and certain medical conditions, including cancers, is well established. 

If you’re one of the “downwinders” who resided in the downwind areas of a qualifying testing site and later became impacted by certain medical conditions, including cancer, you might be owed compensation from the government. Read on to learn more and reach out to a RECA attorney for help with your claim. 

Where Are the Downwind Areas Located?

The federal government has identified downwinder areas that are more likely to be impacted by nuclear fallout. These areas span three states in the American Southwest, and residents who lived or were physically present in these areas during the designated time frames may be entitled to compensation through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). 

The officially designated areas include:

  • Counties in Arizona: Apache, Coconino, Gila, parts of Mohave (north of the Grand Canyon), Navajo, and Yavapai Counties
  • Counties in Nevada: A portion of Clark, as well as Lincoln, Nye, White Pine, Eureka, and Lander Counties
  • Counties in Utah: Wayne, Washington, Sevier, Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, and Piute Counties

The time frames that the U.S. government considers to be exposure periods vary by location and expected exposure. These include:

  • Having physical residence in a downwinder area for a total of two years—either consecutively or in total—for the period beginning January 21, 1951, and ending on October 31, 1958
  • Uninterrupted physical presence in an affected area from June 30, 1962, to July 31, 1962 

Cancers and Other Conditions Sometimes Suffered by Downwinders

The federal government has also identified some specific forms of cancer that it considers to be related to chemical and radioactive fallout. 

At present, those cancers include:

  • Lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer 
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • And others–our team can give details

Wondering whether you or your family members are downwinders or meet the eligibility criteria for downwinder compensation? Contact a lawyer experienced with RECA from Stephens & Stephens for a free consultation. 

Are You or a Loved One a Downwinder? Call for a Free Evaluation

Successful RECA claimants may be entitled to financial compensation in the form of a lump sum payment from the Department of Justice. Could you or a loved one be eligible? Call an attorney from Stephens & Stephens for more information, including a free consultation. 

We don’t get paid unless you recover compensation. There are time limits to file a RECA claim, so act now. Call Stephens & Stephens at 716-852-7590 or fill out the form below to learn more.