Beryllium Diseases and Eligibility under the EEOICPA
Eligible Employees suffering from beryllium disease or beryllium sensitivity could be eligible for compensation under part B of the EEOICPA. Employees (or their eligible survivors) may be entitled to compensation and/or medical benefits if the employee was exposed to beryllium while working at a covered Department of Energy (DOE) facility, or working for a covered beryllium vendor, and has evidence to support a correlating diagnosis.
What is Chronic Beryllium Disease?
Chronic Beryllium Disease is a disease resulting from inhaling beryllium dust particles or fumes. The inhaling of these particles or fumes results in progressive loss of lung function.
What is Beryllium Sensitivity?
Beryllium Sensitivity is an allergic reaction to the presence of beryllium in the body, which is present due to inhaling of beryllium dust particles or fumes. A Beryllium Lymphocyte Proliferation Test can be performed on persons suspected of Beryllium Sensitivity. Symptoms of Beryllium Sensitivity can include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, loss of appetite, weakness, joint pain, cough and fever.
To learn more about the Eligibility Criteria for establishing exposure to Beryllium, contact your Haven Home Healthcare expert-trained EEOICPA staff member or follow this link to the Department of Energy’s publication entitled Beryllium Diseases and Eligibility under the EEOICPA.