If you work in a nuclear facility, you certainly are aware of the health risks of the radioactive materials you are exposed. But that should not worry you too much. Why? The government, under Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), has the responsibility to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
However, you are eligible for EEOICPA claims benefits only if you are in any of the following situations.
You are a radiation-induced cancer patient
There are different types of cancer, and each has its cause and risk factors. Among these types is radiation-induced cancer, which is common among persons that work or have worked in nuclear facilities. If the facility you work in is radiation-intensive, it is advisable you schedule for regular medical examination to test for cancer-like symptoms.
Once your doctor confirms that you have contracted radiation-induced cancer, begin the treatment process. You can file for EEOICPA compensation for all expenses you will incur.
The DOE covers the facility in which you work
As a nuclear plant worker, processes at your workplace can expose you to radioactive materials, which are a common cause of radiation-induced cancer. But should you develop a radiation-related illness, you cannot receive compensation from the government if the US Department of Energy does not cover your facility.
The DOE is the only authorized body to ascertain that the nuclear facility you are working for is a registered firm. If the DOE covers the nuclear facility you work in, you are automatically eligible for EEOICPA benefits.
You are next of kin to a DOE-covered facility worker
If you are the survivor or next of kin of a deceased nuclear plant worker you are eligible for compensation. But when filing EEOICPA claims, you have to show that the DOE covers the facility.
You must also supply legal documents proving that the deceased died of a chemical- or radiation-induced disease, such as cancer, and that they developed this disease during the time they worked at the nuclear facility.
The government is very clear on this: not everyone is eligible for EEOICPA benefits. However, if you are in any of those three groups, you are automatically eligible and can file for compensation.