The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation ACT (EEOICPA) has been in effect since October 2000. Part B of this act went into effect in August 2001. Part B’s mission has been to offer workers’ compensation to Department of Energy (DOE) employees. Current and former employees of the DOE, its predecessors and some of the DOE’s contractors, subcontractors and vendors are covered by this plan if they contract work-related illnesses.
The illnesses covered by Part B of the EEOICPA include illnesses related to:
- Beryllium sensitivity
- Chronic silicosis
- Adiogenic cancer
- Chronic beryllium disease
- Certain illnesses resulting from exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica
If a worker contracts one of the above illnesses due to work-related exposure while employed by the DOE or one of its affiliated organizations covered under the plan, then the worker can receive money to pay for his or her medical care, time unable to work and disabilities caused by the illnesses. Survivors of workers who die from such work-related conditions can also receive death benefits after losing their loved one.
Do you think that you or your loved one is suffering from a work-related illness caused by his or her employment with the DOE? Your family member might be able to receive benefits under Part B of the EEOICPA. As such, you may want to discuss the facts and evidence surrounding your work-related illness with a qualified and experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer. Our legal staff is available to listen to your version of events and then advise you of your legal rights and options when it comes to securing compensation.