RECA & Part E
The Radiation Exposure Act, or RECA, awards compensation to individuals who have contracted serious diseases and certain cancers due to exposure to radiation. This includes exposure during above-ground nuclear weapons testing, as well as exposure to radiation in underground uranium mines.
Under Part E of the EEOICPA, former employees working under DOE contractors and their associated subcontractors will get compensation and payment of medical expenses if they have developed any illnesses from exposure to toxic substances. As defined by Part E, a toxic substance is not limited to radiation or radioactive materials, but also includes metals, chemicals, and solvents, as well as acids.
As detailed under the act, compensation for former DOE workers and uranium workers is up to $250,000 and is determined by three factors: impairment, wage loss, and survivorship.
Wage loss is determined by the number of years an employee was unable to work or experienced reduction in earnings as a result of their work-related illnesses. Impairment is defined as a decrease in function of a body part or organ that ultimately affects the entire body.
Lastly, surviving family members will receive compensation if the death of the employee has been determined as caused by their work-related illness. Eligible survivors include a spouse who has been married to the former DOE worker for at least one year before their death, and in the event of no surviving spouse, a covered child that is either: under the age of 18, under the age of 23 and currently enrolled in an educational institution, or is incapable of self-support.
Nuclear Care Partners assists cancer claims for nuclear workers and help them get qualified for medical compensation and its associated benefits. If you are a former DOE worker or have a loved one who has work-related illnesses, please contact us today to get the medical benefits you deserve.