The Part E of the EEOICPA establishes compensation for workers of the Department of Energy (DOE) contractors and subcontractors who may have contracted illnesses caused by exposure to toxic substances.
Here’s more information about the EEOICPA Part E that you should know:
Requirements for Part E Eligibility
To be eligible for compensation under Part E, the patient must be diagnosed to have an illness caused or aggravated by exposure to harmful chemicals. The Department of Labor (DOL) must determine that the hazardous exposure is more likely a major causing, aggravating, or contributing factor to the worker’s illness.
Part E versus Part B
Part B is simpler than Part E. The former provides compensation for living workers. In Part E, there's no lump sum compensation for living workers. Instead, they are entitled to impairment and wage loss.
Part E Coverage
EEOICPA Part E is applicable for workers with an illness included in the provided list. The covered worker must have worked for a DOE contractor or subcontractor. Uranium miners covered by the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Section V can also file a claim under Part E. Unfortunately, DOE employees are not covered.
Once Part E claim is approved, the living worker will receive as much as $250,000 representing payment for impairment and lost wages. They're also entitled to medical care. Survivors of deceased patients will get anywhere from $125,000 to $175,000 as compensation.
Additional compensation of $25,000 is given for every 10 years of work that the worker lost before their retirement age. The maximum amount is set at $50,000. To illustrate, if a worker dies at age 45, they would have lost 20 years’ worth of wages. Their family would be entitled to an additional compensation amounting to $50,000.
If the employee’s death happens after they filed a claim, their family may receive the reimbursement for medical expenses. The DOL requires specific documentation, however, before releasing the medical reimbursements.
Understanding how Part E works can help you file the proper claim. This way, you will have better chances of getting approved.