2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 1 Sep 2005 00:43:46 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Compensation for Livermore Labs (CA) widow
Bittersweet win for lab worker's widow

By Betsy Mason
August 30, 2005	

More than five years after her husband Carl died and four years after her first attempt to file for compensation for his death, Joyce Brooks has finally gotten justice from the Department of Labor in the form of a $275,000 check.

Before he died, Carl asked Joyce to pursue restitution from the Department of Energy for his illness, which he believed was caused by 32 years at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, including work as a beryllium machinist.

It has been a long hard road for Brooks. Her claim was denied three times. But she persisted, and now she has what she was looking for: an admission of guilt.

Experts at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, who deal with any claim that is not clear cut, decided it was "more likely than not" that Carl, 70, died of chronic beryllium disease from exposure at the lab.


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Lenny Siegel
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