RECA Claims Lawsuit Lawyers

Have you developed a radiation-related illness due to employment in underground uranium mines or uranium mills, or as a result of nuclear weapons tests? You may be eligible for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). RECA, designed as an expedient, low-cost alternative to litigation, provides monetary compensation to individuals who contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases following their exposure to radiation as a result of covered activities.

Our RECA claims lawyers offer free consultations to anyone who may be eligible for compensation under this legislation. You may qualify for RECA compensation if you were employed as a uranium miner, uranium mill worker, or ore transporter, or if you lived downwind from nuclear test sites or worked onsite during nuclear testing in areas covered by the act, and contracted one of 27 radiation related diseases. Compensation is also available to survivors of affected individuals. To find out how our RECA claims lawyers can help you, please contact us today.

What Is RECA?

RECA was adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1990, and amended in 2000 to include uranium mill and ore workers to the list of individuals eligible for compensation. RECA covers situations where the disease was caused due to exposure during employment in uranium mines, uranium mills or as a result of nuclear weapon tests. Under RECA, claimants are not required to prove that their exposure to radioactive materials caused their disease. Rather, a claimant qualifies for an award by establishing the diagnosis of a listed compensable disease after working or residing in a designated location for a specific period of time.

Who is Covered Under RECA?

RECA established lump sum compensation awards for individuals who contracted specified diseases in three defined populations:

  • Uranium Industry Workers ($100,000)
  • “Onsite Participants” – Individuals present at atmospheric nuclear weapons tests ($75,000)
  • “Downwinders” – Individuals who lived downwind of the Nevada Test Site, ($50,000)

Uranium Industry Workers

This category applies to uranium miners, uranium mill workers, and ore transporters. It provides for a lump sum payment of $100,000 to individuals employed in aboveground or underground uranium mines or uranium mills in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, Washington, Utah, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, and Texas at any time during the period beginning on January 1, 1942, and ending on December 31, 1971. Uranium miners must have been exposed to 40 or more working level months (WLMs) of radiation while employed in a uranium mine or worked for at least one year in a uranium mine during the relevant time period. Uranium mill workers and ore transporters must have worked in a uranium mill for at least one year during the relevant time period.

Compensable diseases for uranium miners include primary lung cancer and certain nonmalignant respiratory diseases. Compensable diseases for uranium mill workers and ore transporters include primary lung cancer, certain nonmalignant respiratory diseases, renal cancer, and other chronic renal disease including nephritis and kidney tubal tissue injury.

Onsite Participants

This category provides a $75,000 payment and applies to individuals who participated onsite in a test involving the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device, and later developed a specified compensable disease. The claimant must have been present “onsite” above or within the official boundaries of the Nevada, Pacific, Trinity, or South Atlantic Test Sites at any time during a period of atmospheric nuclear testing and must have “participated” during that time in the atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device. After the onsite participation, the claimant contracted one of the following specified diseases: leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia), lung cancer, multiple myeloma, lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease), and primary cancer of the thyroid, male or female breast, esophagus, stomach, pharynx, small intestine, pancreas, bile ducts, gall bladder, salivary gland, urinary bladder, brain, colon, ovary, or liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated), or lung.

Downwinders

This category provides a $50,000 payment and applies to individuals or relatives of deceased family members who have lived or worked downwind of atmospheric nuclear tests in certain counties in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona for a period of at least two years during the period beginning on January 21, 1951, and ending on October 31, 1958, or, for the period beginning on June 30, 1962, and ending on July 31, 1962. Covered cancers include larynx, thyroid, female breast, male breast, small intestine, pancreas, ovary, salivary gland, lung, esophagus, stomach, brain, urinary bladder, bile ducts, liver, colon, gall bladder, leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia), multiple myeloma lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease.)

Legal Help for RECA Claimants

Parker Waichman LLP is one of the preeminent personal injury law firms in the U.S. Parker Waichman LLP is listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The attorneys of Parker Waichman LLP are also the authors of “Personal Injury Law for Dummies,” an easy-to-understand guide to all aspects of personal injury law.

If you or a loved one were employed as a uranium miner, uranium mill worker or ore transporter, and were sickened by a radiation-related illness, you may have valuable legal rights under RECA. To find out how our RECA lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form, or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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