As a nuclear facility employee, you and your loved ones are eligible to receive compensation from the United States Department of Energy, as the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) stipulates. But before beginning the nuclear energy worker benefits claims process, Nuclear Care Partners gives you a list of things you need to do first.
Confirm your relationship to the claimant
The basis of every successful claims process is in determining that the applicant and EEOICPA claims are not the exceptions. It is advisable you clearly state whether you are the affected nuclear facility employee, the survivor or next of kin, or a third party advocate to the claim in question. Confirming your role will help you identify the right places and ways to source for relevant information that you will use when filling out the required paperwork.
Obtain an official diagnosis
Among the occupational health conditions that EEOICPA compensates for include chronic silicosis, beryllium sensitivity, radiogenic cancer, and any other illness you or your loved one developed from exposure to radioactive elements at a Department of Energy Facility. While breathing difficulties, persistent body pain, and unusual fatigue could be a symptom of one of these covered illnesses, the EEOICPA requires you to provide an official diagnosis report from a licensed physician to enlist you for compensation.
Obtain a complete summary of your work history
For a fast, smooth and fruitful claims process when filing for EEOICPA compensation, ensure you get a properly filled summary of your employment background. Do not wait till you retire from service or for when your contract with a nuclear firm end. By then, the DOE covered facility you are working for could be closed or not in a capacity to provide you with detailed records of your job history.
If you are a survivor or next of kin to a DOE contractor, subcontractor or nuclear facility employee, besides obtaining the above documents, you will need a copy of the deceased’s death certificate and any other proof of your relationship before filing your EEOICPA claims for these benefits.