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7 years ago  ::  Oct 17, 2007 - 11:13AM #1
White-Dove
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The IRS forwarded a letter to me last week from some Dept of Energy (DOE) compensation groups. They are seeking to inform people who worked on a site in Idaho regarding their rights to seek screening and compensation for certain medical conditions that might have resulted from working at this site.

My late husband did work at this site as a hydrogeologist. He did handle radioactive soil samples as they were brought up from the drilling site. I believe he was working on an environmental clean up project, however this was before we married, back in the 1980s. He died in 1997 from lymphoma, which as you probably know is often an environmentally triggered illness.

We talked about this when he was sick and I've always thought that his illness resulted from his work at this site. Here is a link to the DOE site that discusses the program that I will be seeking compensation from. I also have two minor children who were 1 and 3 when he died.

Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation - Home Page



They publish statistics here and it looks like many of the claims made are awarded compensation. There are survivor benefits of lump sums, it looks like up to $150,000. Does anyone know anything about this?
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7 years ago  ::  Oct 27, 2007 - 10:17AM #2
Bodean
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Whitedove ...

I don't know about the reimbursment program .. but if you husband died of lymphoma and was exposed to radiation, I think they would likely give you the check before they even read the rest of your petition!

Good Luck!
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 15, 2007 - 5:10AM #3
Karma_yeshe_dorje
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I have successfully claimed worker's compensation for work-related aggravation of a medical condition. The procedure is [COLOR="Red"]non-trivial[/COLOR]!

Wikipedia says that there are many varieties of lymphoma. You will need to get specific as to exactly what kind he had. Then you need to argue just how occupational exposure triggered it.

You will need all the case files you can get your hands on. And your lawyer will need to refer to specialist medical testimony.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 15, 2007 - 5:13AM #4
Karma_yeshe_dorje
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I disagree strongly. Wikipedia states that one kind of lymphoma is caused by wheat allergy! In my experience a corporation will fight this tooth-and-nail.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 15, 2007 - 11:34AM #5
White-Dove
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This was a Dept of Energy (DOE) worksite in Idaho, and this is a compensation program that they have set up for workers who were exposed on one of their sites. I am not suing a private company. The DOE tracked me down through the IRS to make my husband aware of their health screening and compensation program. Since he is dead, I as a survivor have filed a compensation claim on behalf of myself and my children.
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