August 30, 2016 Articles

In Chemical Litigation, Toxicology Fundamentals Matter

Toxicologists can help build a chemical exposure case by linking the plaintiff to the released chemical and determining the dose incurred.

By Lucy Fraiser – August 30, 2016

Toxicologists are retained as experts in toxic tort cases, environmental lawsuits, and other litigation involving chemicals and health threats. Toxicologists evaluate the health effects of chemical exposure, including the mechanisms and doses at which such effects occur. This article describes some of the ways in which a toxicologist can help build a case, focusing on the importance of toxicology principles in determining whether a chemical can cause a particular effect under a specific set of circumstances and concluding with examples of how mechanisms of toxicity can be used to determine whether alleged harms are plausible.

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