Getting Your Benefits – RECA

Did you work in uranium mining, milling, or transporting between 1942-1971?

Good news! RECA Benefits have been extended to June 7th, 2024!

Have you been diagnosed with a lung disease or lung cancer? Commonly covered diagnoses include: lung cancer, silicosis, pneumoconiosis, cor pulmonale, or pulmonary fibrosis.

If yes, you may qualify for up to $150,000 in compensation through the Department of Justice’s RECA Program.

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act is a federal statute that provides monetary compensation for ATOMIC VETERANS, who contracted cancer and a number of other specified diseases as a direct result of their exposure to atmospheric nuclear testing. This was typically undertaken during the Cold War, where exposure to high levels of radon while mining uranium was common.

Compensation is determined by three factors:

  • Impairment
  • Survivorship
  • Wage Loss
    • 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.

RECA benefits are available to the following groups:

Onsite Participants

  • May be eligible for compensation up to $75,000
    • Persons who participated onsite in the atmospheric test of an atomic weapon and developed one of the types of cancers specified in the statute

Downwinders

  • May be eligible for compensation up to $50,000
    • Persons who were present in one of the specified areas near the Nevada Test Site during a period of atmospheric atomic weapons testing and developed one of the types of cancers specified in the statute

Uranium Miners, Millers & Ore Transporters

  • May be eligible for compensation up to $100,000
    • Persons who worked in mining, milling, or transportation or uranium between 1942 and 1971 and developed one of the types of cancers specified in the statute

Your local Benefits Specialist can connect you with an independent, honest, and trustworthy attorney experienced with filing RECA claims.
*We do not receive any compensation for recommendations of attorneys.

Commonly Covered Illnesses Under RECA

For Uranium Miners, Millers & Ore Transporters:

  • Lung cancer
  • Fibrosis of the lung
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Silicosis
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Cor pulmonale related to fibrosis of the lung
  • Renal cancer
  • Chronic renal disease

For Onsite Participants & Downwinders:

  • Leukemia (but not chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease)
  • Primary cancers of the:
    • Thyroid
    • Male or female breast
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Pharynx
    • Small intestine Pancreas
    • Bile ducts
    • Gall bladder
    • Salivary gland
    • Urinary bladder
    • Brain
    • Colon
    • Ovary
    • Liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)
    • Lung