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• SPECIAL EXPOSURE COHORT PETITION • WRITTEN FOR ALL SSFL WORKERS
(REGARDLESS OF PRESUMED WORK LOCATION)
HAS QUALIFIED FOR EVALUATION BY NIOSH
CORE Advocacy authored Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Petition #0235, calling for the inclusion of all Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) employees of North American Aviation divisions (Atomics International & Rocketdyne), its corporate successors, and subcontractors, regardless of presumed work location, has qualified for evaluation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
NIOSH-INITIATED SEC PETITION #0234
PASSES WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT
SSFL AREA IV
In 2016, NIOSH initiated a new SEC class for SSFL Area IV, effectively adding the years 1965-1988. SEC Petition #0234 was passed with a unanimous vote by the Presidential Advisory Board on Radiation & Worker Health (ABRWH). The decision was made at the ABRWH / NIOSH Work Group Meeting held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in December.
Passage of SEC Petition #0234 is a long-awaited victory for Santa Susana workers, and the result of continued dedication among advocates and agency representatives.
CORE Advocacy manages your EEOICPA claim. We act on your behalf to fulfill the arduous burden of proof placed upon EEOICPA claimants, which can be difficult and overwhelming for many. We assist our clients with proving employment history, radiation and toxic chemical exposures, and by providing published scientific evidence linking such exposures to diagnoses. We assist with establishing potential impairment and work to ensure that claimants can access appropriate medical benefits and care under EEOICPA. When necessary, CORE Advocacy will formally object to Department of Labor's (DOL) Recommended Decision to deny a claim, and we are willing to exhaust every reasonable effort and resource to result in a favorable outcome.
CORE Advocacy is not affiliated with the government. We are not attorneys. As an Authorized Representative under EEOICPA, we are bound by strict statutorily-determined fee limitations. We must abide by regulatory guidelines that exist to protect claimants' best interests and privacy. EEOICPA specifies that if compensation is awarded, an Authorized Representative may collect a 2%-12% fee, typically determined by a claim's difficulty. If no compensation is awarded, there is no fee for our services. Some claims are easier to adjudicate than others. While there is never any way to predict or guarantee the outcome or the time it may take to reach a Final Decision, many claimants benefit greatly from the help of an Authorized Representative. In some cases involving vague or incorrect site history, difficulty in obtaining records, or when a worker is deceased, CORE Advocacy's assistance can significantly improve the probability of a favorable decision. In many cases, a professional Authorized Representative can make the difference between the denial of a claim, and a positive outcome.
Authorized Representatives provide valuable assistance to EEOICPA claimants. CORE Advocacy also contributes volunteer efforts toward claimant consultation, historical document research, the correction of errors in site history and by making contributions to the Site Exposure Matrix (SEM).
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We work within an established network of advocates that include former workers, site historians, researchers, and specialists in a variety of fields who share our passion about EEOICPA's implementation and administration in the ways Congress intended. We support productive relationships with federal agencies, seek opportunities to meet and network with other advocates, agency representatives and legislators, and bring what we learn back to the claimants we represent.
Since the Manhattan Project, throughout the Cold War, Race to Space, and to the present day, countless Americans have given their lives and health to the development of our nuclear defense and the advancement of science and technology. Many were exposed to radiation, toxic chemicals and beryllium, often without their knowledge or consent. The Department of Labor (DOL) Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) can provide lump-sum compensation and medical benefits for cancer and other illnesses related to workplace exposures that occurred at Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. CORE Advocacy provides assistance and Authorized Representation to EEOICPA claimants. We are passionate about advocacy for workers and the improvement of EEOICPA legislation for workers of all facilities.
Was your EEOICPA claim denied based on an inability to prove covered employment? Do you feel the Final Decision was wrong? You may qualify to have your case reopened. Call us.