Hanford workers suffering from radioactive or toxic exposures face a whole new struggle when they seek care and compensation. The process is painfully complicated. Due to “company town” sentiments, local medical resources are unlikely to link obviously job-related illnesses to workplace exposure. Compared to those in similar industries, Hanford workers are denied compensation at a much higher rate because claims often lack medical corroboration.
The How To File Claims guide will assist Hanford employees through workers’ compensation, complaint guidelines, and the EEOICPA (Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act), step-by-step.
- EEOICPA – Includes guidelines and tips on how to file a successful claim. EEOICPA provides lump-sum compensation and health benefits to eligible Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers (including employees, former employees, contractors, and subcontractors).
- Compensation Guide – Experiences from coworkers who have navigated these complicated systems firsthand. Includes step-by-step plans, general advice, and links to many compensation programs (CCSI, WA Unemployment).