You might know that you were exposed to radiation due to testing that was done by the United States government, and you might even know that the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act benefits (RECA) state that you are eligible for compensation if this is the case. You still might not have gone through the process of applying for RECA benefits yet. You might think that you have a good reason for this, but these are a few good reasons why you should not skip applying for these benefits.
1. You Have Probably Been Affected By Radiation Exposure
People are affected in different ways and to varying degrees by radiation exposure, but there is a good chance that you have been affected in some way or another if you have been exposed to radiation. You might have suffered from hair loss, acute radiation syndrome (which is also known as "radiation sickness"), headaches or migraines, or even cancer. If you have been affected in one of these ways, then there is a good chance that it has had a major impact on your life. You might have had medical bills related to your radiation exposure, or you might have lost wages due to an inability to work because of radiation exposure-related illness. Because of all of these impacts — including those that are financial — you might just want to look into getting financial compensation.
2. There Are Lawyers Who Will Help You
You might feel alone as someone who has suffered from radiation exposure, and you might not really feel as if there is anyone you can turn to for help. Even if you don't know anyone who has suffered from radiation exposure like you have, this doesn't mean that there isn't any help out there. Luckily, there are lawyers out there who are familiar with RECA and who can help you.
3. You Shouldn't Have to Worry About Getting Approved
One reason why you might not have gone through the hassle of applying for RECA benefits yet could be because you aren't sure of whether or not you will get approved. The good news is that there is already an act in place that guarantees that you will be paid compensation if you can prove that you have, in fact, been exposed to radiation. Since your lawyer can help you prove the radiation exposure, and since there is an appeals process that you can go through if necessary, you should not have to worry about not getting approved and getting compensation.
For more information on RECA, contact a professional near you.