Liver cancer due to toxic exposure on military bases

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on July 29th, 2020

Environmental contamination at former and present U.S. military bases continues to plague thousands of veterans and their families across the country. In addition, new evidence is adding support to the theory that cancer-causing chemicals identified at these sites can cause severe illnesses, including hepatic angiosarcoma - a rare form of liver cancer.

The mission of virtually every U.S. military facility has required the use of hazardous, toxic substances by military personnel over the course of decades. This type of contamination typically arises from the rupture of underground storage links, oil, and fuel dumping, leaching of wastes from landfills, or direct discharge of industrial wastes to the soil.

According to epidemiology studies, there are several recognized associations between liver cancer and military base toxic exposure. Therefore, if you have a current diagnosis of liver cancer that you believe could be related to exposure to toxic substances on a military base, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a VA claim and also additionally through a compensation claim.

Exposure to vinyl chloride and trichloroethylene can increase the rates of liver cancer by five times

It's recognized that environmental factors play a role in developing many types of cancer, including liver cancer. Among these factors is exposure to certain chemicals that contained high levels of toxicity. The most prevalent and health-hazardous contaminants identified at military sites were:

  • perchloroethylene (PCE) - a liquid solvent primarily used for dry-cleaning fabrics and degreasing metals
  • trichloroethylene (TCE) - an industrial solvent used for degreasing metal parts during the manufacture of a variety of products
  • benzene - a hazardous component of jet fuel
  • vinyl chloride - a key chemical used to make plastic products

Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas that evaporates very quickly and an important industrial chemical chiefly used to produce the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It can enter the soil following improper disposal of chemical wastes. It is classified as a human carcinogen and has been shown to induce liver cancer in rats, mice, hamsters, and humans.

A quantitative estimate of human cancer hazard was calculated for exposure to this compound based on a rat bioassay. Both TCE and vinyl chloride have toxic effects on the liver, and it has recently been suggested that they also cause hepatocellular carcinoma.

If you have a current diagnosis of liver cancer, you are eligible for compensation

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is aware that contact with certain hazardous substances during military service causes illnesses and treatment conditions. Therefore, veterans exposed to toxic substances while stationed at military bases & installations could qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The main VA benefits program provides tiered disability compensation and health benefits if a veteran can demonstrate that a current health condition (ranging from the very minor to the severe) is medically linked to his/her military service.

Veterans are assigned a disability rating based on the severity of their condition and receive tax-free payments ranging from $144 to $3,600 per month. It is a primary goal of the Environmental Litigation Group, P.C.'s team to ensure that surviving families have access to all survivor benefits earned through the service of their loved ones.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with liver cancer or any medical condition you believe may be linked to exposure to the toxic agents identified at hundreds of military sites, please call us for a review of your case because:

  • we are available to speak with you at any time, and we'll answer all of your questions;
  • we will handle every aspect of your claim, from start to finish while you focus on improving your health;
  • we will stand up for you and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Finally, if you intend to file a claim as a veteran, you will only need to send our skilled attorneys your military records, which you must retrieve yourself, and your medical records. These documents will serve as a starting point for our legal team to review your case and determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation.