Shell and BP Blamed For Woman’s Leukemia Death

Shell and BP Blamed For Woman's Leukemia DeathThe family of a woman who allegedly developed fatal benzene-induced leukemia blames BP and Shell for her death, as they allegedly emitted the toxic chemical into the air and ground water near the Roxana, Illinois area.

Debra Ochs spent a lot of time near the city in the past 30 years, the toxic substances lawsuit states, including a period between 1994 and 2003 when she worked as a teacher and principal at a local school, the St. Clair Record reports. During the same time, Shell and BP both allegedly operated refineries in the area, and knowingly released the toxic chemical. As a result of Ochs’ exposure to it, she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2003 and died five years later of the disease, the toxic substances lawsuit claims.

Jeffrey Ochs, on behalf of his late wife and their child, seeks $150,000 in damages through a jury trial from the defendants. He is represented by a toxic substances attorney.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, benzene-induced leukemia typically has a latency period of five to 15 years and is usually preceded by aplastic anemia, which is characterized by bone marrow failure. The link between benzene exposure and aplastic anemia was reportedly first noticed by workers in the 19th century.