In order to qualify for EEOICPA benefits, you must meet specific criteria. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) took effect in the year 2000 as part of a compensation program designed to pay employees and contractors that were injured as a result of radiation and chemical exposure while on the job. The act extends to contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and dependents for those who worked at specific Department of Energy (DOE) or Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) facilities. Covered illnesses include beryllium disease, silicosis, and radiation-induced cancers. Depending on which category worker you fall under, lump-sum payments are available up to $250,000 in addition to medical expense reimbursement.
EEOICPA Claims Filing Process for Injured Workers
Workers who are deemed eligible under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act can find EEOICPA forms by visiting the Department of Labor’s website and printing them out. Forms must be filled out and mailed into the DoL district that had jurisdiction over where the injured worker was employed. Because of the complicated process and strict criteria for a claim, it’s often recommended to seek the advice of a lawyer before filing your claim. A lawyer can help you navigate the complex claim process in addition to helping you understand your worker’s compensation and Social Security Disability options.