What Medical Conditions Are Covered by the EEOICPA?

Learn what medical conditions are covered by the EEOICPA to determine if you qualify for benefits.

Do you know what medical conditions are covered by the EEOICPA? If you fell ill after working for the Department of Energy or the Atomic Energy Commission, you may qualify for compensation. Don’t assume your illness is just bad luck. You may be at a higher risk of developing a life-altering disease as a result of radiation exposure. If your sickness is on the following list, you should consider filing a claim.

Special Cohort Exposure: 22 Specified Cancers

Radiation increases the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer. Even seemingly healthy individuals may become sick after working in a nuclear facility. The Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) addresses any workers diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers, including:

  • Lung
  • Bone
  • Kidney
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphomas
  • Thyroid
  • Breast
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Pharynx
  • Small intestine
  • Bile ducts
  • Pancreas
  • Gallbladder
  • Salivary gland
  • Bladder
  • Brain
  • Colon
  • Ovarian
  • Liver 

These “SEC” cancers must be of a primary origin, while a handful of secondary cancers also qualify under SEC guidelines. Other forms of cancer can be filed for under EEOICPA, however the review process has additional steps. The government usually expedites SEC claims. Speak with an EEOICPA advocate to determine if you have a case.

Beryllium Illnesses of the Lungs

Beryllium was used at several nuclear facilities and many workers go for years without knowing they were affected by Beryllium.  . While in its solid-state, this metal poses no real danger. But, if someone inhales particles of beryllium over an extended period, they may develop certain lung diseases. 

Beryllium sensitivity is dangerous. It can lead to full Chronic Beryllium Disease resulting in severe impairment or even death. If a doctor has diagnosed you with beryllium sensitivity or Chronic Beryllium disease, you may qualify for EEOICPA compensation. However, EEOICPA guidelines require several medical tests to support your claim. An advocate can help you begin and lead you through the claim process.

Seek Compensation for Your Illness

You never think merely going to work will make you chronically sick. However, many of the chemicals used at nuclear facilities were dangerous. These chemicals cause a long list of illnesses, many of which are fatal. If you worked for the Department of Energy and now suffer from a debilitating disease, you may qualify for compensation under the EEOICPA.

Our dedicated team at Atomic Workers Advocacy Group wants to help you apply for EEOICPA benefits. We have a full understanding of the process, and you can count on us to guide you through each step. With over 6 years of experience and 1,000 cases, we have the skills and proven track record to help. Reach out to us to determine if your medical conditions are covered by the EEOICPA.

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