Exposure to toxic chemicals has resulted in substantial medical and economic harm. Only the most highly qualified chemicals expert witness is experienced in evaluating the evidence presented in asbestos and other such litigations.
President Obama has signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The legislation is the first major overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. It sets new standards for household products containing chemicals known to be dangerous such as formaldehyde, asbestos, PCBs, and styrene. Exposure to toxic substances such as these may create significant health problems. In particular, inhalation of the silica particles in asbestos causes scar tissue to develop in the lungs resulting in serious medical conditions, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other cancers.
Personal injury claims arising from the use of asbestos are complex. Defendants are sued for failing to protect consumers and workers from asbestos which is a known hazard. Asbestos exposure may occur in industrial plants that manufacture asbestos related products, older buildings with asbestos insulation, or in homes with asbestos vinyl products. In asbestos litigation, chemicals expert witnesses are called upon to analyze chemical exposure and possible harm experienced by plaintiffs.
By: Karen Olson
20+ years of experience in legal research