The US nuclear weapon industry saw a steady surge since its introduction in 1941 and numerous workers were employed in various facilities. The number of people suffering from serious ailments is pretty high as a result of the radiation caused by these nuclear units. The workers who were made ill by working in the US weapons industry are eligible to claim compensation and health benefits from the employers. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, commonly known as EEOICPA is focused to provide a lump-sum amount and medical benefits to the workers or surviving beneficiaries representing a deceased worker.
The EEOICPA Act Part B was introduced in July 2001 after identifying the numerous cases of illnesses by working in the nuclear weapons industry. The Part E of the act was implemented later in October 2004. The two separate benefit programs provide monetary benefits and medical expenses for approved illnesses. Part B of EEOICPA offers a lump-sum compensation of up to $1, 50,000 and full medical expenses to the workers or survivors. Individuals qualifying under the RECA act might get a smaller compensation up to $50,000. On the other hand, Part E gives a maximum amount of $2, 50, 000 as lump-sum plus medical benefits in accepted conditions. The process to be eligible for the benefits is not easy. There are several criteria that need to be fulfilled to receive the EEOICPA/RECA benefits.
- The worker should be diagnosed with radiogenic cancer, chronic beryllium disease, chronic silicosis, beryllium sensitivity and similar health conditions that are caused by working under a closed DOE (Department of Energy) facility.
- A survivor of a deceased worker who died of the illness by working in a closed DOE facility may also file a claim.
- The survivor must prove his eligibility to file the claim
Understanding the complexities of the acts and to fulfill the criteria for eligibility can be a difficult task for an individual with limited knowledge about law. The individual must seek expert legal advice to reap maximum benefits. The reputable law firm appoints a team of highly professional legal experts having ample exposure and experience in representing similar cases in the court. The legal consultancy fee is nominal that ranges between 2% to 10% of the total tax-free benefits. So, hiring a competent lawyer is the best choice to file a claim under the EEOICPA/RECA act.
If you are looking for filing a claim for yourself or for a family member, the law firm will recommend the best lawyers at your service. They will listen to your case in detail, analyze your claim, represent the same in the court and help you to collect all the information and documents related to the medical condition, employment etc. They will fight the case on your behalf and work relentlessly to recover maximum compensation. So, book an initial consultation with the lawyers over the phone or fix an appointment for a face-to-face discussion at their office. Visit their website for more information and resources about the EEOICPA act.