If you are an energy employee and you have become ill as a result of your work, then there are protections in place to help you through this difficult time. There is also support available for relatives and dependents of those who have been injured or killed at work as an energy employee. These benefits are made possible by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). There are two main categories by which support can be accessed: part B or part E.
As a worker in the industries of mining, milling, transporting metals or nuclear weapons, you are under a much higher risk than the general population of being exposed to radiation. Although there are many protections in place to prevent exposure to radiation, it unfortunately does occur, and workers become subject to dangerous levels of radiation.
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA) provides benefits for those who have been affected by exposure to radiation or toxic substances while working at the Department of Energy. This blog will summarize the terms of eligibility for compensation from the progress, and how you should move forward if you decide to make a claim.