Were you or someone you love employed with the Department of Energy (DOE) and subsequently diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition after being exposed to radiation and toxic substances at work? If so, you may be entitled to compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
But before you can be awarded the compensation you deserve, you’ll need to file a claim. Accessing these benefits shouldn’t be a hassle when you’re stuck dealing with a serious medical condition. But it isn’t uncommon for payment on claims to be delayed or for claims to be denied.
If this sounds like what you’ve been going through, you are not alone. An EEOICPA lawyer at Stephens & Stephens could help you exercise your right to compensation. Continue reading to learn more about the EEOICPA and how you could be compensated if your claim for benefits is approved.
More About the EEOICPA
Not just any energy employee is entitled to compensation under the EEOICPA. In fact, in order to qualify for compensation, you need to have worked at specific DOE facilities or at specific atomic weapons employer (AWE) facilities.
Furthermore, you must have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition that you developed due to your exposure to toxic substances or radiation. Some of the different medical conditions that qualify for EEOICPA compensation include:
- Kidney disease
- COPD or emphysema
- Occupational asthma
- Beryllium disease
What Can You Expect to Be Compensated Once Your EEOICPA Claim Is Approved?
Different parts of the EEOICPA provide different types and amounts of compensation to qualifying individuals. For example, in Part B of the EEOICPA, it states that DOE energy employees, atomic workers, contractors, and subcontractors who worked at specific facilities could be entitled to $150,000 and coverage of their medical expenses. Eligible uranium workers may be entitled to compensation of $50,000, as well.
Part E of the EEOICPA provides compensation of up to $250,000 for lost wages, level of impairment, and survivorship. It should be noted that compensation for medical expenses are not included in this cap of $250,000 per claim. Your lawyer can help you figure out how much you can be awarded based on the specific circumstances of your EEOICPA claim.
Get Help from an Attorney with EEOICPA
If you developed certain severe illnesses after being exposed to toxic substances or radiation, you could be entitled to compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
If you are unsure whether you qualify, or if you have previously submitted a claim that has been denied, Stephens & Stephens can help you figure out what your next steps should be. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation when you call our office at 716-852-7590. Or fill out our online contact form, and we will reach out to discuss the details of your case.