Proving Causation of Illness

Proving Causation of Illness & Resources

In order to make the best possible case for your claim, you may need to provide information about the hazardous nature of your job and some of the materials you may have been exposed to during your employment.  The resources below can be reviewed be cited as appropriate to help prove the causation of your radiation or toxic exposure related illness.

Robert Alaverez
Government Accountability OfficeA comprehensive review of numerous health studies conducted on workers at DOE sites and nuclear sites. They are mostly retrospective mortality studies where workers were followed for the duration of their employment and to their deaths. Exposure data included exposures to external penetrating radiation, internal depositions of radioactivity and other non-radioactive substances. Worker death rates were compared with those of the U.S. general public, with other workers within the same facilities, and workers at other nuclear facilities.

Cancer Research 6, 455-458, January 15, 2001
William E. Achanzar, Bhalchandra A. Diwan, Jie Liu, Salmaan T Quader, Mukta M. Webber, and Michael P. WaalkesResearch paper linking cadmium expsoure to prosate cancer

article-on-cadmium-and-prostate-cancer (PDF)

The Collaborative on Health and the EnvironmentThe CHE Toxicant and Disease Database is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions.

U.S. Department of EnergyA unique and unparalleled repository of data, providing access to information critical to understanding radiation health effects that link specific illnesses to specific DOE sites.

Jay A. Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
Published on the National Library of MedicineHaz-Map is an occupational toxicology database designed to link jobs to hazardous job tasks which are linked to occupational diseases and their symptoms.

Department of Labor – The Site Exposure Matrices (SEM) Website is a repository of information on toxic substances and chemicals present at Department of Energy (DOE) or Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) facilities covered under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). In addition to exposure data, the SEM Website also contains information regarding scientifically established links between toxic substances and recognized occupational illnesses.

Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)Official site of the NIOSH Office of Compensation Analysis and Support (OCAS) which conducts activities to assist claimants and support the role of the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (The Act).

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The NPG does not contain an analysis of all pertinent data, rather it presents key information and data in abbreviated or tabular form for chemicals or substance groupings (e.g. cyanides, fluorides, manganese compounds) that are found in the work environment. The information found in the NPG should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards.

Health Physics SocietyA detailed explanation of “What is Radiation”, the different types of radiation, how it is measured, and more…

Argonne National Laboratory
Environmental Science Division
John Peterson, Margaret MacDonell, Lynne Haroun, and Fred MonetteThese fact sheets summarize health-related information for contaminants present in the environment as a result of past industrial activities and other releases. The objective is to provide scientific context for risk analyses to guide health protection measures. Geared toward an audience familiar with basic risk concepts, they were originally developed for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland and Chicago Operations Offices to serve as an information resource for people involved in environmental programs. The initial set was expanded to address evolving homeland security concerns, and these 51 radiological and chemical fact sheets also serve as a scientific information resource for the public.

State of the Art Oncology in Europe
European School of OncologySTART is a state-of-the-art instrument to support clinical oncologists and physicians in their oncology practice’s. START is provided for free on the Internet.
and contains general information, pathology and biology, diagnosis, staging, prognosis, treatment, and follow-up on numerous types of cancers.

Department of Health and Human Services
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease RegistryWith one click, access the best science, the latest research, and the most important information about toxic substances* and how they affect our health.

U.S. National Library of MedicineThe Division of Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine (NLM), creates information resources and services in toxicology, environmental health, and chemistry. SIS’s Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program produces TOXNET, a collection of toxicology and environmental health databases. TOXNET includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), a database of potentially hazardous chemicals, TOXLINE (containing references to the world’s toxicology literature), and ChemIDplus (a chemical dictionary and structure database). TOXMAP is a resource that uses maps of the United States to show the amount and location of certain toxic chemicals released into the environment