The Extrapolation Dilemma: Toxicological Evidence and Toxic Torts

Sara Golru, ‘The Extrapolation Dilemma: Toxicological Evidence and Toxic Torts' (2022) 27(3) Torts Law Journal (Forthcoming)

25 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2022

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Sara Golru

The University of Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2022

Abstract

Toxicological evidence has been a controversial method of proving causation in toxic tort litigation. This article maintains that toxicological evidence can provide probative proof of the causal relationship between chemical exposure and development of disease. Although this evidence certainly has its weaknesses, it is nevertheless a valuable means of establishing or refuting causation when viewed in conjunction with other evidence, including epidemiological evidence, genetic evidence, and testimony as to differential aetiology.

Keywords: toxic tort, tort law, causation, civil litigation, toxicological evidence, toxicology, Australia, United States, expert evidence, differential aetiology, differential diagnosis, general causation, specific causation

Suggested Citation

Golru, Sara, The Extrapolation Dilemma: Toxicological Evidence and Toxic Torts (June 1, 2022). Sara Golru, ‘The Extrapolation Dilemma: Toxicological Evidence and Toxic Torts' (2022) 27(3) Torts Law Journal (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4132917 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4132917

Sara Golru (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Faculty of Law Building, F10
Sydney, NSW
Australia

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