The digestive system (gastrointestinal system), is comprised of multiple organs that work together to ensure the body adequately breaks down food and liquids. Such organs include, among others, the mouth, esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, rectum, and anus. When the digestive system does not function properly, a person may experience painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
There are several ways in which a person can suffer from ailments associated with the digestive system. For example, if a person is lactose intolerant, he or she may develop conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Most common digestive-related ailments are treatable with lifestyle changes and medications.
However, while many digestive system diseases are treatable, there are some, more serious, conditions that are potentially life-threatening, such as gastrointestinal system cancers. Many victims of 9/11 are just now experiencing how severe and devastating digestive system cancers can be. Nearly two decades later, 9/11 first responders and survivors are developing cancers that have been linked to exposure to toxic materials that were emitted from the blasts. Because cancer does not develop overnight, it has taken years to realize just how consequential the aftermath of 9/11 has been.
The 9/11 Zadroga Act Cancer Claims
As such, many victims are filing 9/11 Zadroga Cancer Claims to receive necessary compensation and medical treatment. The 9/11 Zadroga Act authorizes qualifying first responders and survivors to submit claims to receive payment through the Victim Compensation Fund. At Parker Waichman LLP, our team of nationally-recognized 9/11 Zadroga Cancer Claims Lawyers routinely help victims fight to secure the monetary compensation they are owed for their suffering following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Digestive System Cancers Associated with Exposure to Toxins Resulting from the 9/11 Terror Attacks
Because the digestive system is complex, there are numerous cancers that a person may develop that effects one particular part of the digestive system. Examples of various gastrointestinal system cancers include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Stomach (gastric) cancer;
- Liver cancer;
- Carcinoid tumor (includes appendix cancer);
- Gallbladder cancer;
- Colon cancer;
- Pancreatic cancer;
- Rectal cancer; and
- Small intestine cancer.
First responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks should routinely check for symptoms of digestive system cancers as they may be at a higher risk of developing cancer given their exposure to toxic substances and materials. As of 2018, more than two-hundred-sixty (260) first responders and more than sixty (60) survivors have been diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than ninety (90) first responders and nearly twenty (20) survivors have been diagnosed with rectum cancer. Both colon and rectum cancer are digestive system cancers that have the potential to end a person’s life. As such, it is critical that 9/11 first responders and survivors pay attention to the following symptoms associated with digestive system cancers that include, among others, the following:
- Abdominal pain and cramping;
- Heartburn or indigestion;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Constipation; and
- Yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
While cancer is a debilitating and often fatal disease, many 9/11 first responders and survivors are finding hope in their fight against cancer by filing a 9/11 Zadroga Cancer Claim to seek and obtain necessary compensation and medical treatment.
Contact a New York 9/11 Zadroga Cancer Claims Attorney Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Whether you or a loved one is a 9/11 first responder or survivor and have been diagnosed with a digestive system cancer, you should be aware that compensation may be available as well as resources to receive necessary health care and treatment. Because time is limited to file a 9/11 Zadroga Cancer Claim, it is essential to act quickly to speak with a qualified attorney who already represents 9/11 first responders and survivors. At Parker Waichman LLP, we have four office locations in New York to serve the needs of victims who are still suffering the effects of the 9/11 attacks.
To learn what legal options may be available to you or your loved one, contact the New York 9/11 Zadroga Cancer Claims Lawyers of Parker Waichman LLP today by calling (800) YOUR-LAWYER (968-7529) to schedule your free consultation.
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