Before you file a claim for compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, it would be in your best interest to understand whether you fall under the EEOICPA covered illnesses. It would be pertinent to mention here that your ineligibility to fall under the covered illnesses would render your claim for benefits null and void. The Department of Energy would require adequate proof for your illness falling under the EEOICPA benefits. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to keep the reports of the doctors for diagnosing your cancer or illness, reports for the illness caused due to exposure to radiation, and proof of employment under the Department of Energy.
These three things would be adequate proof for you to avail the benefits under EEOICPA that have been specifically designed for providing compensation for workers under the Department of Energy. The workers should have been suffering from the illnesses covered under the EEOICPA within five years of their employment. It has been yet another aspect to consider for filing the claim under EEOICPA.
Let us delve on the EEOICPA covered illnesses.
- The foremost would be Beryllium illnesses inclusive of Beryllium sensitivity, chronic beryllium disease, and disability, injury, impairment, or illness resulting due to radiation exposure.
- Another illness covered by the EEOICPA would be chronic silicosis. It has been defined as the non-malignant disease of the lungs caused due to exposure to silica dust.
- You would also be eligible to file for a compensation claim if your illness has been covered cancers under the EEOICPA and RECA benefits.
If you have become eligible for filing claim under the EEOICPA, you should rest assured to make the most of the services offered by the resource center. The experts of the resource center would help you find the right form, fill it, and file with the EEOICPA.