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Changing legal standards for proof of causation in hazardous waste tort cases. Plaintiffs' problems and congressional responses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6666765     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Increasing public awareness and concern over the possible dangers of exposure to toxic chemicals and hazardous wastes has resulted in a variety of lawsuits brought by plaintiffs claiming injury resulting from chemical exposure. The legal system and its traditional approach to tort cases demands that a plaintiff demonstrate that a particular chemical substance was the "cause in fact" of his injury. However, a plaintiff's inability to present credible scientific evidence sufficient to pinpoint conclusively the specific cause of his injury or disease, particularly in cancer cases, leads to defeat in courts of law. This article discusses the existing barriers to plaintiffs' recovery in toxic tort cases and reviews congressional proposals designed to ease plaintiffs' evidentiary burden and increase their chances of prevailing.
Authors:
L G Learner; K L Hartman; D S Berry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  1983 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-03-16     Completed Date:  1984-03-16     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  359-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Industrial Waste / adverse effects*
Jurisprudence*
Legislation as Topic*
United States
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Industrial Waste

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