Colorectal cancer claims

processing claims for over 50 years

Over 151,000 Americans will have received a colon or rectal cancer diagnosis by the end of 2022. There are numerous risk factors for colon and rectal cancer, such as having inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, a diet low in fiber and high in fat, but also exposure to toxic agents in occupational settings and in the military, such as PFOS and PFOA, asbestos, burn pits, and various solvents. It is important to note that colon or rectal cancer usually develops within 20 to 50 years from the first contact with the harmful substance. The reason is that these dangerous agents cause damage to the organs gradually, which is why, in these cases, colon and rectal cancer have long latency periods. If you struggle with one of these diseases or with colorectal cancer and believe toxic exposure is the culprit, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm.

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Burn pits and "forever chemicals" are the main contributing factors to colorectal cancer among veterans

Across the country, there are 704 former or current military bases with a history of PFAS contamination, a group of over 5,000 different substances also known as "forever chemicals". PFOA and PFOS are the most studied chemicals in this category.

The nickname of these highly toxic substances comes from the fact that some of them break down in the environment within a thousand years or even longer. Once inside the body, PFAS also persist, being able to cause diseases such as colorectal cancer over time.

PFOA, in particular, was found to have a strong association with colorectal cancer. A study from the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology found that the presence of this chemical in the blood enhances the invasiveness of certain colorectal cancer cells. The invasion ability of DLD-1 cells, which refer to a human colon cancer cell line, was strengthened by the existence of PFOA in the body. In contrast to the control group, the cell invasiveness was enhanced by 1.2, 1.45, 2.29, and 3.25 fold after PFOA exposure at 1, 10, 100, 1,000, and 10000 Newton meters separately.

Exposure to the acrid fumes released by burn pits is another significant risk factor for colorectal cancer in veterans. A burn pit is a site of a U.S. military base where waste is disposed of by burning. However, there are four other considerably less toxic alternatives to burn pits to dispose of waste on military bases, such as:

While today, burn pits are no longer or rarely used, they were heavily employed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places of the Southwest Asia theater of military operations. The reason burn pits are hazardous is that, without containment, the airborne pollutants and carcinogens spread, which can lead to medical conditions as a result of toxic exposure. The high level of dust and other preexisting air pollutants on military bases only exacerbate the impact of burn pits on the health of service members.

Finally, other toxic agents that have the potential to cause colon or rectal cancer are industrial solvents, which were abundantly present on military bases such as Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The following solvents and other harmful chemicals were found to have a strong connection with colorectal cancer:

Eligibility criteria for filing a claim for toxic exposure on military bases

If you are a veteran who struggles with colon, rectal, or colorectal cancer and have a history of military toxic exposure, you should get in touch with our specialized attorneys, as you may be eligible for compensation. However, to determine whether you can file a toxic exposure claim, our resourceful legal team will have to carefully assess your documents. To initiate the process as a veteran, you will have to meet the following requirements:

The only documents we will request are your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records clearly stating your diagnosis and the fact that it is service-related. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune, the eligibility criteria are slightly different – you must have spent at least 30 consecutive days at the military base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and must have drank contaminated water there.

It is important to know that the family members of veterans who lived with them at Camp Lejeune or another contaminated military base may also be entitled to financial compensation, and so may civilians who spent time there. To determine whether a civilian qualifies for filing a toxic exposure claim, they will have to send in evidence of their stay at the military base and their medical records stating their colon, rectal, or colorectal cancer diagnosis.

Lastly, if you were pregnant during your stay at Camp Lejeune or another military base, either as a servicewoman or the spouse of a veteran, and gave birth to a child with a congenital malformation, you may also be able to obtain compensation. If you are in this unfortunate situation, we advise you to call our law firm. You will only have to send our experienced attorneys:

Even if you are unsure about whether you are eligible for compensation, we highly encourage you to contact our law firm, as we can promptly assess your case and tell you with certainty if you can proceed with the legal process. Since 1990, our attorneys have been pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims, including many veterans and their family members, so we have what it takes to handle this type of case.

Industrial workers exposed to asbestos have a nearly 2 times higher risk of developing colorectal cancer

The correlation between asbestos exposure and colorectal cancer is still controversial despite multiple systematic reviews of medical literature. However, there is a significant link between occupational asbestos exposure and colorectal cancer risk. A study from the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine found a significantly increased risk of colorectal cancer mortality among workers exposed to asbestos on the job. Still, asbestos exposure that occurs in the military can also result in colorectal cancer. U.S. Navy veterans have perhaps the greatest risk of coming to suffer from a life-threatening disease as a consequence of asbestos exposure, including colorectal cancer.

As is the case with all health problems caused by asbestos exposure, people who develop colorectal cancer due to ingesting the toxic fibers of this mineral are typically diagnosed with it within two to five decades. Once the asbestos fibers embed themselves in the lining of the colon, they gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring, which may eventually give way to malignant tumors. Recent studies revealed that colon cancer is also caused by asbestos exposure, so there is no room for doubt regarding the causal relation. The following are the early symptoms of colorectal cancer:

Damage controlmen, metalsmiths, fire control technicians, pipefitters, machinist's mates, Seabees, and electrician's mates are some of the U.S. Navy occupations with the highest risk of asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos on the job or in the military and experience symptoms that may indicate colorectal cancer or already have a diagnosis, please get in touch with our skilled attorneys. They will do all in their power to help you obtain compensation from asbestos trust funds and also from the VA if you are a veteran.

Because the misdiagnosis rate is very high among asbestos exposure victims, we recommend you seek a second and even a third opinion. The medical specialists we collaborate with offer free-of-charge asbestos screenings to people with a history of exposure. To benefit from this, you will have to travel to Birmingham, Alabama, where we are headquartered.

Secondary asbestos exposure also implies a colorectal cancer risk

Because of the unethical conduct of asbestos companies that occurred during the last century, employees who handled the mineral would not be required to change their clothes at the end of the day. As a result, they would carry asbestos fibers on their clothes, skin, and hair, inevitably exposing their family members when they arrived home.

While the wives of asbestos workers would mostly be exposed when shaking out the clothes before washing them, their children would inhale and ingest fibers when hugging their fathers.

If you lived in the same house as a person who worked with asbestos and now struggle with colorectal cancer, you might be entitled to financial compensation. To determine whether you qualify for filing a claim with asbestos trust funds, you will have to send our attorneys the employment records of your family member, proof that you lived together, and your medical records stating your colorectal cancer diagnosis. Eligible individuals will have their claims filed with the asbestos trust funds of the companies responsible for exposing the worker to the mineral.

Filing a wrongful death claim for a family member who had not sought compensation

Sadly, not few are the asbestos exposure victims who pass away without having benefitted from the financial compensation they would have deserved for their unjust suffering.

Nevertheless, while money will not bring your loved one back, you can step in as a family member and try to recover part of the compensation your family member might have been entitled to. Our specialized attorneys can help you file a wrongful death claim with asbestos trust funds if they determine you are eligible.

To check out your eligibility, all you have to do is send our legal team the employment or military records of your deceased family member, their medical records with their colon, rectal, or colorectal cancer diagnosis, and their death certificate. If we establish that you qualify for filing a wrongful death claim, we will strive to obtain the maximum compensation available for you, which may be useful for covering the cost of their past medical bills.

Our diligent attorneys may be able to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve

For nearly 30 years, our law firm has been dedicated to helping industrial workers and veterans obtain the financial compensation they are entitled to for their suffering. If you have a colon, rectal, or colorectal cancer diagnosis and a history of toxic exposure, you should give us a call. After you send our experienced legal team the documents we request, you will know with certainty whether you can file a claim. We will file your claim with minimal involvement on your part, as we are aware of how challenging and overwhelming struggling with cancer can be.

If our endeavors are successful, you may receive the financial compensation you are entitled to, whether it is from the government under the new Camp Lejeune Justice Act, the VA in the form of disability compensation, or the asbestos trust funds if you worked with the mineral. Lastly, you should know that we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not charge you anything unless we recover money for you, so deciding to work with our law firm is risk-free and may eventually benefit you and your financial situation.