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
Date Written: June 1, 2022
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
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