When you worked for a reputable employer at a nuclear facility, chances are, you were paid well. For this reason, you might have been happy each time you went to work. But, what if you were exposed to harmful elements (such as silica, beryllium, and radiation) back then? And, what if you are now suffering from an illness because of the exposure?
In such a case, you should know that a government-instituted program has your back. This program is up and running for you. It is for you, as well as for all the other employees, agencies, contractors, and subcontractors of the DOE (or Department of Energy). This program is called EEOICPA (or Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act). Here are facts about EEIOCPA claims.
1 – Eligibility as an Employee
If you were an employee at a nuclear facility, you can receive the benefits of EEOICPA claims for covered work-related illnesses. As EEOICPA says, your employer should give you compensation. The compensation is in the form of a $150,000-payment.
2 – The District Office’s Location
Do you know where the district office is located? If you don’t, ask around. That is the place where you should file for claims of benefits.
3 – Proof = Payment
You can use the lump-sum payment to cover the costs of home care and hospitalization. Just provide proof of your illness to make a claim. You should also present your work history as proof.
4 – Anytime
There is no definite time to file EEOICPA claims. But, while you can, do it anytime you want; you should file for claims as soon as possible. Once you file a claim, that is when the benefits start coming.
5 – The NIOSH’s Part
The NIOSH (or National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health) plays a role in giving fair benefits to those who filed for EEOICPA claims. The agency checks the radiation amount that affected an employee in a nuclear facility. It uses NIOSH-imposed guidelines, as well as an advanced computer program that checks the amount of exposure.