In 1990 Congress established the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to provide payment to individuals who contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases as a result of their exposure to radiation released during above-ground nuclear weapons tests or as a result of their exposure to radiation during employment in underground uranium mines.
RECA defines three categories of individuals eligible for compensation and the amount for which each qualifies:
- Downwinders: $50,000.00 for those persons who lived in certain counties surrounding the test site.
- On-site Participants: $75,000.00 for those persons who were present during nuclear testing at certain test sites.
- Uranium Workers: $100,000.00 for those persons who milled, mined or transported uranium ore.
Our knowledgeable staff can answer your questions about the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). Recent technical amendments change the qualification requirements for awards and more people now qualify, including many of those involved in uranium mining, milling, and ore hauling. This means you may now be eligible, even if you were previously denied.If you believe that you or a deceased relative may be eligible for compensation, call the Law Offices of Laura J. Taylor at 1-928-776-2457 for a free consultation.