Radiation Exposure Compensation Act [RECA] is a federal government program that was passed in 1990. This is an act designed to compensate former people working in the uranium mines, who were accidentally exposed to radiation along with their families. Certain survivors of these former employees are also eligible for RECA compensation claim benefits.
As per environmental Protection Agency, across the US there are more than 4,000 uranium mining sites. If you have a family member working at a facility where radioactive materials got processed, manufactured or tested, who got ill then you are eligible to make a compensation claim under RECA.
You will need help from the best RECA lawyer with sufficient knowledge of filing a claim. Killian Law firm has a team of specialist, who are easily accessible and you can contact them for free claim evaluation. Even if you have filed the RECA compensation claim and denied, they will assist you, just call them! Due previously denied claimants can file three times under the latest amendments.
Is RECA a lawsuit?
RECA compensation claim benefit is not a lawsuit. It is special type of workers compensation federal government has offered through Department of Labor. It was intended to minimize litigation cost of claimants and allow the US to resolve claims in non-adversarial way.
Counsel fee is regulated to approximately 2% of lump sum compensation the surviving member or the employee receives.
What is necessary to be entitled for RECA compensation?
You need to have evidence of mining uranium in the years 1942 – 1971. You need to be diagnosed with lung disease like lung cancer, silicosis, pneumoconiosis, pulmonary fibrosis, or col pulmonale. Under such conditions, you will be entitled to nearly $400,000 as compensation along with medical benefits.
What to expect in RECA claim process?
The Department of Justice [DOJ] determines whether the compensation needs are met or not. The claimant is advised in writing and allowed 60 days to correct deficiency. In case the claimant fails to correct deficiency then the claim gets denied without any review.
After the claim gets denied, claimant has 60 days to place an appeal. Appeals Officer determines the appeal within 90 days before claimant seeks judicial review in the federal court.
The DOJ has to make a decision in a year after claim gets filed. The clock stops, when DOJ makes a request for more information from the applicant until the claimant provides it or notifies that it is not possible. If the decision is not made by the DOJ within a year then the claimant will be awarded and paid.