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Referring to cancer that occurs along the digestive tract, gastrointestinal cancer is often caused by excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, tobacco smoking, chronic gastritis, and infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. Still, the disease can also be the result of toxic exposure in occupational settings and the military. Every year, over 26,000 people in the United States receive a gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis. The harmful substances responsible for this cancer include PFAS, solvents, and asbestos. Gastrointestinal cancer may develop in the stomach, large or small intestine, and esophagus. If you were exposed to toxic agents on the job or during active military service and now struggle with gastrointestinal cancer, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as we have nearly 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for people in your situation.

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On military bases like Camp Lejeune, toluene exposure increases the risk of gastrointestinal cancer

A study from the medical journal Cancer Causes & Control found that perchloroethylene exposure increases the risk of esophageal cancer, while toluene exposure increases the risk of multiple types of gastrointestinal cancer.

Furthermore, a study from the American Journal of Surgery discovered that people with gastrointestinal cancer had a significantly higher PFOS level in their blood when compared to the average level. PFOS is a chemical belonging to a group of over 5,000 substances known as PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

These highly toxic chemicals contaminated the drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987, which is why today, numerous veterans suffer from gastrointestinal cancer and many other crippling diseases. Across the country, there are roughly 679 military bases with severe contamination where these dangerous substances may have also lurked. Therefore, veterans and civilians who lived on military installations during the last century should pay close attention to their health, as they are at high risk of developing gastrointestinal cancer.

Eligibility criteria for filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

Both veterans and civilians have the right to seek financial compensation for intestinal cancer stemming from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune if they meet certain eligibility requirements. It is important to note that women who were pregnant during their stay at the military base, whether they were servicewomen or wives of veterans, and gave birth to a child with a congenital malformation may also be entitled to financial compensation. Reservists and guardsmen can also file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim. The following are the eligibility criteria one must meet:

  • you must have trained, worked, or lived at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for at least 30 consecutive days
  • you must have a diagnosis of intestinal cancer related to drinking contaminated water
  • you must have been discharged from the military other than dishonorably as a veteran who intends to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

Even if you meet these requirements, you will have to send our experienced attorneys your military records, which you must retrieve if you are a veteran, and your medical records stating your intestinal cancer diagnosis. They will carefully review your documents to determine whether you are entitled to compensation. Civilians will have to send in proof of their stay at Camp Lejeune and their medical records. Eligible people will have their claim filed under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act with the U.S. government and, if they are veterans, with the VA, too, to obtain disability compensation.

Asbestos exposure has been consistently associated with gastrointestinal cancer affecting the stomach and esophagus

Unlike people who develop respiratory diseases as a consequence of asbestos exposure, who inhale toxic fibers, those who come to struggle with gastrointestinal cancer ingest toxic fibers. Because they have a rough texture, asbestos fibers will become embedded in the lining of the stomach and intestines, gradually causing inflammation and tissue scarring, which may eventually lead to cancer. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, and the body can only partly eliminate toxic fibers. The latency period of gastrointestinal cancer caused by asbestos exposure ranges between 20 and 50 years. These are the most common symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer:

If you have a history of occupational or military asbestos exposure and experience some of these symptoms, we highly recommend seeking a second and even a third opinion from medical specialists, as the misdiagnosis rate is high among toxic exposure victims. Our law firm offers free asbestos screenings by virtue of the medical experts we collaborate with, so you can have one if you can travel to Birmingham, Alabama, where our law firm is. If you have a gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis, our skilled attorneys may be able to obtain financial compensation for you from asbestos trust funds and, if you are a veteran, also from the VA.

Secondary asbestos exposure may also cause gastrointestinal cancer

During the last century, when the hazardous nature of asbestos was kept hidden from industrial workers, employees would often return home after a day of work covered in asbestos dust. This way, they would inevitably expose their family members to the carcinogenic mineral.

Some ways family members would come in contact with asbestos was by hugging the industrial worker and shaking out their asbestos-laden clothes before laundering them. Although secondary asbestos exposure implies a lower risk of gastrointestinal cancer, family members can still develop it.

If you are in this unfortunate situation, you should also contact our attorneys, as you may be eligible to file a toxic exposure claim with asbestos trust funds. You will have to provide our legal team with the employment records of your family member who handled asbestos on the job and proof that you lived together. Our skilled attorneys will carefully assess your case and determine whether you are entitled to compensation, and if you are, they will promptly begin working on your claim. Eventually, if everything goes in our favor, you will obtain the money you deserve.

Our specialized attorneys can help you file a wrongful death claim if you lost a family member

Often, toxic exposure victims fail to recover the compensation they are entitled to from the liable companies because they are afraid of a never-ending legal process or because they pass away without having the chance to file a claim. However, the surviving family members can step in when this is the case. With over 25 years of experience in toxic exposure, our attorneys will do all in their power to help you file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your deceased loved one.

The only documents we will request are the employment or military records of your family member, which you must retrieve, their medical records stating their gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis, and their death certificate. We will determine whether you qualify to file a wrongful death claim and if you do, our legal team will begin preparing it. If our endeavors are successful, you will obtain a part of the compensation your loved one would have received.

File your toxic exposure claim for gastrointestinal cancer with our specialized assistance

The main practice area of our law firm is toxic exposure, and our resourceful attorneys have been assisting people whose health was compromised by harmful agents for nearly 30 years. If you have a gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis and a history of toxic exposure, we advise you to contact us, as we may be able to recover financial compensation for you. Our legal team is aware of how overwhelming struggling with cancer can be, so your involvement in the process will be minimal.

Consequently, you will only have to send in your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records stating your diagnosis. The family members of veterans who lived on military bases like Camp Lejeune will need to provide our experienced attorneys with evidence of their stay at the military base and their medical records. Following a thorough case review, we will be able to tell you whether you can file a toxic exposure claim for gastrointestinal cancer.