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DOL rule changes could impact retired nuclear workers

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2019 | Workplace Illness |

It is true that some work industries are more dangerous than others. And, because of these known risks, workers are often aware of the harm they could suffer. Even with this knowledge and safety measures in place, workers could still suffer workplace illnesses.

According to reports, recent changes to the Department of Labor rules could result in significant issues for retired nuclear workers in Ohio and elsewhere. Many of these workers developed serious illnesses as a result of continuous and daily exposure to chemicals and materials in the workplace. However, these changes could create hardship for these retired workers seeking healthcare.

As a result, a lawsuit was filed. This lawsuit alleges that the rule changes would make it difficult to obtain the medical attention a person would need in a timely manner. The new rules would require a process that includes a time causing pre-authorization for home healthcare. However, many of those eligible for these benefits are currently in their 70s and 80s. They are also very ill from radiation exposure and exposure to other toxins that occurred decades ago.

Putting in years at a place of employment often means that an employee will be recognized for the time and efforts devoted to the employer. It is also expected that the worker will be acknowledged if harm is caused from the work environment. Long-term exposure to harmful particles or chemicals could result in workplace illnesses. In these matters, workers’ compensation could prove to be beneficial. These benefits could address losses caused by the illness.