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Hanford Radiation Exposure

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The Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state was one of several hundred U.S. plants that aided in nuclear weapons production, and also endangered workers through high doses of ionizing radiation, later causing multiple fatal forms of cancer in dozens of workers.

Workers at such atomic weapons factories, producing plutonium and uranium for nuclear weapons, have been known for many years to suffer from a higher rate of brain cancer (glioblastoma), lung cancer, leukemia, intestinal and blood cancers than the rest of the American population.

Joseph Lyon is a highly-rated toxic exposure attorney, reviewing claims of radiation exposure nationwide. For a free consultation, call The Lyon Firm. 

Hanford Site Workers Cancer Rate

Exposure to radiation is extremely perilous to the health of workers, though the long-term environmental and health consequences take time to manifest themselves.

Further research made sure to note the cause of cancer deaths among former Hanford workers. Former employees have been diagnosed and have died from multiple cancers including glioblastoma, colon cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, lung cancer, lymphoma and leukemia. 


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

Environmental Radiation Exposure

By the 1970s, a substantial body of medical literature began accumulating regarding the negative health consequences of nuclear weapons production on workers and the surrounding communities. 

Compensation for Hanford Workers

There is no arguing that workers in the Hanford plant and many other nuclear sites across the country have been exposed to radioactive materials over long periods of time, sometimes without their knowledge.

As a result, a 2000 Presidential Executive Order—Providing Compensation for America’s Nuclear Weapons Workers—established the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation program (EEOICPA).

The goal of the EEOICPA was to properly compensate plant workers and their survivors for their patriotic duty. The program is a positive step in protecting workers, however, some cancer patients and survivors may need further legal representation to receive proper compensation.

The U.S. Government has reportedly already paid out more than $10 billion to victims and survivors of occupational radiation exposure.

Hanford Cancer Lawsuits

Veterans who have participated in a radiation-risk activity during service may be at heightened risk of certain cancers in the years and decades following exposure.

Afflicted Veterans don’t have to prove a connection between certain related diseases and their service to be eligible for compensation. Their survivors and families may also be eligible for benefits if the Veteran dies as the result of ionizing radiation exposure. Specific related cancers include:

  • Glioblastomas (brain tumors)
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphomas
  • Multiple myeloma (MM)

Other cancers associated with radiation exposure include cancers of the bile ducts, bone, brain, breast, colon, esophagus, gall bladder, liver, lung, pancreas, pharynx, ovary, salivary gland, intestine, stomach, thyroid, and urinary tract. The VA also recognizes other diseases are possibly caused by exposure to ionizing radiation during service:

  • Non-malignant thyroid nodular disease
  • Parathyroid adenoma
  • Central nervous system disorders
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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why are these cases important?

Toxic exposure cases help empower employees to fight for their right to be protected, satisfactorily informed, and to stay safe. They also bring awareness to challenge and higher the expectations of companies who are not serving their employees justly.


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Questions about Radiation Exposure

Can I sue Hanford for my cancer case?

If you worked at Hanford or another nuclear plant in the US and have developed cancer, you may have a viable case. 

what are the chances of getting cancer from radiation?

While the chances of contracting cancer from background radiation is relatively low, daily radiation exposure at the workplace will dramatically increase a worker’s chances of cancer diagnosis. 

what type of cancer is caused by radiation?

Brain cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer. 

Why hire the lyon firm?

The Lyon Firm is experienced in filing workplace radiation exposure suits for workers nationwide who have developed illnesses or cancer following toxic exposure.