BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CN) – A U.S. Customs officer claims overexposure to X-rays from a scanner at work gave him cancer at age 39. Jose Martinez Jr. sued Science Applications International Corp. in Federal Court.
Martinez says he has worked for the U.S. Customs Service/Treasury Department since 1996.
“As a Customs officer, Mr. Martinez’s primary responsibility was to protect Americans by scanning and inspecting incoming freight and cargo for weapons and contraband,” the complaint states. “Martinez was required to use ground mounted and hand handle X-ray equipment, multiply times per day for more than 10 years,” the complaint states (sic).
“Defendant’s defective products exposed Mr. Martinez to levels of gamma radiation causing Mr. Martinez to develop Multiple Plasmacytomas, a form of cancer, at the age of 39.”
Martinez seeks lost wages, medical bills, and damages for pain and suffering. He is represented by Hardy McKenzie of Victoria, Texas.