BLOG

Georgia Family Files Benzene Lawsuit After Son’s Leukemia Diagnosis


California Benzene Lawyer
BP, Chevron and several other companies were named as defendants in the suit.

The lawsuit, which names Chevron, BP, Gulf Oil, Colonial Pipeline Co. and several other companies alleges that benzene exposure directly contributed to their son’s condition.

According to court documents, Jeffrey McElheney filed the claim in Clarke County Superior Court. The suit alleges that the named defendants discharged toxic chemicals, including benzene, from Athens-area facilities and that these chemicals eventually found their way into groundwater.

Mr. McElheney claims that the contaminated groundwater fed into a drinking well located at Oakwood Mobile Home Park, where he and his wife were living when their son, Jarrett, was conceived. The couple moved into the mobile home park in May of 1992 and their son was born in October 1994. The family continued to live in the park until late 1998 and moved shortly after the boy was diagnosed with leukemia.

Located near the mobile home park were a group of large storage tanks that connected to a system of petroleum pipelines. The pipelines are used to transfer gasoline and other products so that they may be moved onto tanker trucks and then distributed to retail suppliers. The lawsuit alleges that benzene and other chemicals were allowed to contaminate the groundwater through a series of pipeline leaks and accidental discharges. They believe that benzene exposure ultimately caused their young son to develop leukemia.

While doctors were able to treat his condition successfully, his parents say he will continue suffer long-term effects of the leukemia and he is at an increased risk for relapse or developing other forms of cancer. The family is seeking compensation for past and future medical care costs, litigation expenses and an unspecified amount of punitive damages.

The majority of the named defendants have yet to respond to the lawsuit. One company, Transmontaigne Product Services, has filed an answer stating they committed no wrongdoing.

While the victim in this case has successfully recovered from his illness, he may face additional health problems. Benzene exposure has been linked to a number of serious and in some cases, fatal conditions, including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), Multiple Myeloma (MM), Aplastic Anemia, Myelodyspastic Syndrome (MDS) and Hematologic Cancers. Exposure to benzene can occur through indirect contact or by working in certain industries, such as petroleum processing, pesticide production or tire manufacturing.

If you or a loved one developed leukemia, lymphoma or another serious health problem that you believe was caused by benzene exposure, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your rights. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP is available to assist benzene exposure victims in all 50 states in proving their injury claim.

Contact our Injury Hotline today at 1-800-722-0765 to schedule your free initial case evaluation. You can also complete a confidential online contact form by visiting our Benzene Exposure Resource Site. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to get the experienced legal representation you need.

Do I Have A Case?

We offer free consultation. No office visit required, we will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

What can we do for you?

  • Answer your legal question.
  • Provide a Free Case Evaluation.
  • Schedule an appointment.

 

Why
Choose Us?

  • Available 24/7
  • Trusted Since 1990
  • Local to You
  • Recovered $350,000,000
  • 5 Star Reviews
  • Free Case Evaluation
  • VIP Service
  • No Win, No Fee

Latest Law Post


March 20, 2019

Valsartan Dangers: 3 Things You Should Know

Several drugs containing Valsartan have been  recalled in the U.S. because they contain impurities which may be cancer risks. You may be eligible for financial compensation if you took a drug containing Valsartan and have been diagnosed with cancer.


March 15, 2019

Expert Testifies Before House Subcommittee Regarding Talc Use And Ovarian Cancer Link

A United States House of Representatives subcommittee, on March 12th, 2019, looked into whether they should give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to more strictly regulate cosmetics, including talcum powder and products containing talc.

 

We are Personal Injury Lawyers representing accident victims throughout California.
For 30 years, the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has helped injury victims
obtain the compensation they deserve.