Risk Assessment In Toxic Exposure Cases — Part I

Law360, New York (September 21, 2009, 1:34 PM EDT) -- A quantitative risk assessment can be a useful device to rebut causation in toxic exposure cases. This article presents an overview of risk assessment methodology, suggests how and when it may help bolster the causation defense in toxic exposure cases and suggests how defense counsel can challenge plaintiff’s application and interpretation of their own risk assessments.

A “risk assessment” as discussed herein refers to the quantitative methodology developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate potential health risks posed by toxins at Superfund sites....
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