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Radiation Exposure Compensation Act under 42 U.S.C. § 2210

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act under 42 U.S.C. § 2210 allowed those who were injured (or families of those who lost their lives) to submit claims relating to nuclear testing or uranium exposure.  The claims relate to nuclear weapons testing  that affected the residents of several states.  The testing took place from 1945 to 1962.  Tens of thousands of workers had to mine the uranium used to power these weapons.

On October 5, 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and it widened the scope of coverage in 2000.  Those who developed serious illnesses after radiation exposure can file claims.   Conditions for qualifying claims include:

  • injury after exposure to radiation after nuclear tests
  • injury after exposure while employed in the uranium industry arsenal buildup

The injuries sustained will be reviewed by a claims examiner.  This is where you have to list all of your injuries and include all of your damage, whether they are included in your medical records or as you have experienced after the RECA injury.  Talk your attorney about all of these losses.  Remember that Cold War heroes are a part of our national history and pride, so please do not be ashamed of listing all of your injuries.  Compensation may include the following statutory amounts:

  • Onsite Participant: $75,000.00
  • Downwinder: $50,000.00
  • Ore Transporter: $100,000.00
  • Uranium Miner: $100,000.00
  • Uranium Miller: $100,000.00

You may contact us at the following telephone number for any claims arising out of Arizona: 520-577-0707.

RECA claims

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Causation after RECA Claim

Causation is a requisite to all personal injury claims but claims under RECA are the exception.  RECA is an alternative to litigation that does not require claimants to establish causation.  Instead, claimants only need to establish the diagnosis of a listed compensable disease after working or  living in a designated location for a specific period of time.  Contact an attorney to file your claim before 2022.  Any claim received after July 9, 2022, will be barred/denied.


States Covered by RECA

RECA covers  uranium industry employment claims for those who worked or resided in  Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming from January 1, 1942, through December 31, 1971.