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Did work in the nuclear weapons industry make you ill?

Compensation and medical benefits may be available

IF YOU HAVE been employed in the nuclear weapons industry and have been diagnosed with cancer, chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity or silicosis — and your illness was caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working in the industry — you may be eligible for compensation or medical benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

The EEOICPA is administered by the Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC).

To be eligible for compensation or medical benefits, you must be a current or former employee at a covered DOE facility, an Atomic Weapons Employer facility, or a beryllium vendor facility during a specified time period.

The EEOICPA has two parts. Under Part B, current or former workers employed at designated facilities may receive a lump sum compensation payment of $150,000 and medical expenses for their covered condition.

Under Part E, DOE contractor and subcontractor employees exposed to a toxic substance at a covered DOE facility during a covered time period, where such exposure was a significant factor in causing, contributing to, or aggravating their claimed illness, may receive payment for their related medical expenses and may also be eligible for impairment and/or wage loss compensation. Eligible survivors may receive a lump sum payment of $125,000 and may also receive additional compensation if the worker experienced wage loss due to the accepted condition.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for claim-filing assistance, contact one of the 11 nationwide resource centers listed on this page.

Another great place to start is the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program or BTMed. The BTMed program offers guidance and a two-step process to determine if you are a likely candidate for compensation. This includes a work history interview (in person or by phone or a secure website) to determine possible exposures and is followed by free medical screening at a nearby clinic. More information is available at 1-800-866-9663 or at www.btmed.org.

CONTACT ONE OF THE DOE RESOURCE CENTERS BELOW OR VISIT WWW.BTMED.ORG.

DOL Resource Centers
Savannah River Resource Center
1708-B Bunting Drive
North Augusta, SC 29841
866-666-4606
Oak Ridge Resource Center
Jackson Plaza
800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite C-103
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
866-481-0411
Denver Resource Center
8758 Wolff Court, Suite 101
Westminster, CO 80031
866-540-4977
Espanola Resource Center
412 Paseo De Onate, Suite D
Espanola, NM 87532
866-272-3622
Paducah Resource Center
Barkley Center
125 Memorial Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
866-534-0599
New York Resource Center
6000 N. Bailey Avenue
Suite 2A, Box #2
Amherst, NY 14226
800-941-3943
Idaho Falls Resource Center
Exchange Plaza, Suite 250
1820 E. 17th Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
800-861-8608
Portsmouth Resource Center
1200 Gay Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662
866-363-6993
California Resource Center
7027 Dublin Blvd., Suite 150
Dublin, CA 94568
866-606-6302
Las Vegas Resource Center
Flamingo Grand Plaza
1050 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite W-156
Las Vegas, NV 89119
866-697-0841
Hanford Resource Center
303 Bradley Blvd., Suite 104
Richland, WA 99352
888-654-0014
 
Reporter  V54N4
Published on the Web: February 4, 2016

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