According to multiple veteran service organizations, toxic experts, veterans and their families, and the Department of Defense itself, thousands of service members who served on military bases in the United States have been exposed to a variety of chemicals derived from a combination of military-affiliated activities, such as:
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) consider exposure to harmful chemicals in groundwater with more recent scientific knowledge on pathways into the human body not just from drinking water, but inhalation and dermal exposure.
Based on the exposure levels and estimated durations, the ATSDR now concludes that some children and adults who were exposed to harmful chemicals present on military bases are at high risk for certain types of cancer, including esophageal cancer.
In order for toxic chemicals to harm a person's health, they must first come into contact or enter the body.
When contacted, some chemicals can pass through the skin and into the bloodstream, causing health problems away from the site of entry. Inhalation of some chemicals, such as hydrocarbons and some organic solvents, can cause cancer.
Esophageal cancer is characterized by abnormal, uncontrolled cellular growth that forms in tissues and cells of the esophagus - the muscular tube that runs from the back of the throat to the stomach.
This cancer can invade surrounding tissues and may spread to distant bodily tissues or organs via the bloodstream, lymphatic system, or by direct extension.
Chemicals that may injure the esophagus if inhaled, include:
If you were stationed at one of the targeted military facilities and experience the following symptoms, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention immediately, as you may have developed esophageal cancer as a consequence of toxic exposure via inhalation:
There are now benefits available for a plethora of veterans who were stationed at military sites contaminated with toxic compounds.
If successful, a claimant may receive compensation for their medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and even wages lost because of their ensuing health problems.
It's completely free to talk to us and learn about your potential claim for compensation.
Whether you are a veteran or a family member of one, if you have recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you are entitled to financial compensation through a VA claim.
The process of obtaining benefits is often difficult, with potential roadblocks popping up when you least expect them, and that’s where Atraxia Law comes in.
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