Here’s how you can apply for EEOICPA benefits on behalf of a deceased spouse or parent.
Have you wondered if you can apply for EEOICPA benefits on behalf of a deceased spouse or parent? Before you jump into filing a claim, it’s important to understand the purpose of this government program. Known as the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, this program compensates those who fell ill after handling nuclear weapons and related materials.
The Danger of Nuclear Weapons
In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the EEOICPA into law. Congress wrote the act as a response to the many workers who contracted certain illnesses after radiation exposure. These illnesses often proved debilitating and even fatal for many individuals. Since victims spent their entire careers working in the nuclear sector, Congress felt it was right to award them for their injuries.
Can You File on Behalf of Deceased Victims?
Unfortunately, many of those who fell sick after working with nuclear materials passed away as a result. If this is true in your case, you can still apply for benefits. According to the rules, you may qualify as a survivor. Below is a list or potentially eligible surviving family members:
- Minor child (under 18)
- Child under 23 enrolled as a full-time student
- Self-supporting child (over 18)
What Do I Need to Prove Eligibility?
Before you receive survivor benefits, you must prove your relationship to the deceased. If you are the spouse of the victim, you’ll need to provide a copy of your marriage license with the application. Children looking for compensation on behalf of their parent must present a copy of their birth certificate.
While it should be easy to prove your relationship, you still may have your claim denied. Some people must also provide tax, school, and employment records. You will also have to show medical proof your loved one suffered an illness covered by the EEOICPA.
What If the Government Denies My Claim?
It may surprise—and frustrate—you to learn that officials deny many EEOICPA claims on the first attempt. Current figures show that about 50 percent of survivors receive a denial letter in the mail. If this happens to you, don’t give up. You have the right to appeal your claim.
The Department of Labor reviews claims regularly. If they notice a discrepancy in your application, they will deny your request. Furthermore, minor errors or omissions of evidence, can lead to claim denials. Try to find out why you weren’t approved, and always have someone else look over your paperwork before sending it back.
We Can Lead You Through the Claim Process
Filing for the EEOICPA program isn’t easy. The application process is both time-consuming and complicated. One simple, innocent mistake may result in a denial. To avoid this scenario, you need a trained set of eyes to review your claim.
Atomic Workers Advocacy Group understands the complexities of the claim process. We can help you figure out if you have a valid claim or not. If you’re a survivor, you should apply for monetary benefits. Our team knows the program like the back of our hands. We will work around the clock to make sure the government awards you with the compensation you deserve. We won’t settle for anything less. Schedule a consultation to learn if you qualify to apply for EEOICPA benefits on behalf of a deceased spouse or parent.