August 01, 2013 Articles

The Every-Exposure Theory Reviewed

By Richard C. Beaulieu

Two important issues arise in any asbestos-exposure case. First, was the injured party exposed to the defendant’s product? Second, did that exposure cause the injury in question? See, e.g., Eagle-Picher Indus. v. Balbos, 604 A.2d 445, 460 (Md. 1992). The first question is typically addressed by testimony from the injured party and so-called product-identification witnesses, along with the occasional historian or industrial hygienist. The second question requires expert testimony to answer, and has become the realm of epidemiologists, pathologists, and cell biologists.

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