Establishing Causation through the Help of a Medical Expert Witness

“Having an expert witness, however, does not automatically guarantee the success of the case – it is but one aspect of a court proceeding, and there will be other factors that will be considered for a ruling to be made. Still, clients should make sure of the expert’s qualifications and specialties before hiring one.

When looking for a toxicology expert witness, for example, to establish the harmful effect of a certain substance to people, someone who has excellent knowledge of toxins and other dangerous contaminants can help.”
http://www.environmentaldiseases.com/blog/2014/01/08/establishing-causation-through-the-help-of-a-medical-expert-witness/

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Research May Help in Forensic Toxicology in Identifying Heroin Abuse

“These findings can be of big help in the field of forensic toxicology as well as in other industries that need accurate drug results for various purposes. While there are some claims that poppy seed ingestion does not make false-positive results in hair tests, forensic specialists have doubts as to its accuracy. This is why urinalysis remains the top choice when it comes to detecting substance use.

Should the study regarding the use of marker for street heroin prove successful, a forensic toxicologist will be able to provide an expert opinion regarding a person’s heroin use based on the chemicals found on the urine sample.”
http://www.environmentaldiseases.com/blog/2014/01/07/research-may-help-in-forensic-toxicology-in-identifying-heroin-abuse/

Harmful Effects of Lead to the Human Body

As the world is full of things that could make your life, or your enjoyment of it at least, better, it is also home to a vast array of harmful substances that could make you ill, or worse. Some of these toxic substances work almost instantaneously, while others like lead, act insidiously and kills its victim slowly.

 

 

Lead is poisonous. Long-term exposure to this toxic metal can result in serious health problems, including poisoning, which is one of the most common environmental diseases. Everything from wine glasses, garden hoses, to the balsamic vinegar you use could turn out to be notorious lead hot spots. Lead can also be found in contaminated soil, toys, furniture, pottery, art supplies, cosmetics, batteries, water pipes, and petroleum products.

 

When lead poisoning strikes, you could end up with nervous system, kidney, and stomach damage. The disease is usually hard to detect and symptoms do not typically appear until significant amounts have accumulated in one’s body.

 

Compared to adults, children and newborn babies who are exposed to lead before birth are more at risk of poisoning, because their brains and nervous systems are still developing. Infants and young children may touch or put lead-containing objects in their mouths, which are harmful to their development. The symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include irritability, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, slowed growth, and learning difficulties.

 

Forensic Toxicologists and DUI Cases

Alcohol intoxication often leads to accidents as it impairs vision, reduces reaction time, and causes drowsiness in the driver. According to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Prevention, almost 25,000 alcohol-related traffic injuries were recorded in 2010 alone; aside from this, the support group Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates that one person is injured in a drunk driving incident every 90 seconds.

Unfortunately, drunk driving cases aren’t always cut and dry. While the arresting officer can conduct field sobriety tests, defendants can argue that they failed due to physical impairments they may have or because of confusing instructions. Aside from this, they can also challenge the validity of Breathalyzer results on grounds of improper calibration and accuracy.

To help determine culpability, courts often hire the services of a trusted forensic toxicologistto serve as expert witness. The toxicologist comprehensively reviews all evidences pertaining to a case—including sobriety test and Breathalyzer results—to determine if the defendant was indeed intoxicated when the incident occurred. The findings are then presented as a testimony that will hopefully guide the jury towards a decision. Since numbers and solid, scientific facts don’t lie, the findings of the toxicologist usually trumps subjectivity and groundless claims.

Don’t Let Triggers of Environmental Diseases Such as Lead Get You Down

Lead is poisonous. Long-term exposure to this toxic metal can result in serious health problems, including lead poisoning, which is one of the most common environmental diseases. Aside from interior paint and Christmas lights, Niemiec lists wine glasses, garden hoses, and balsamic vinegar as other lead hot spots. It is found also in contaminated soil, toys, furniture, pottery, art supplies, cosmetics, batteries, water pipes, gasoline products, dust, and some traditional medicine.

Through extensive research, environmental toxicology experts like Nachman Brautbar, M.D. found that lead poisoning can cause brain, nervous system, kidney, and stomach damage in adults. The disease is usually hard to detect and symptoms do not usually appear until significant amounts have built up inside the body. These may include high blood pressure, declines in mental functioning, pain or numbness of the extremities, muscular weakness, abdominal pains, memory loss, mood disorders, and headaches.
http://www.environmentaldiseases.com/blog/2014/01/06/dont-let-triggers-of-environmental-diseases-such-as-lead-get-you-down/

How Forensic Toxicology Helps a Court Decide on Drunk Driving Cases

To help determine culpability, courts often employ a trusted forensic toxicologist like Dr. Nachman Brautbar to serve as expert witness. The team comprehensively reviews all evidences pertaining to a case—including sobriety test and Breathalyzer results—to determine if the defendant was indeed intoxicated when the incident occurred. The findings are then presented as a testimony that will hopefully guide the jury towards a decision.

While the number of drunk-driving-related injuries have decreased over the years in California, it is still a major road safety concern. Fortunately, forensic toxicology helps the law prosecute reckless motorists who insist on drinking and driving.
http://www.environmentaldiseases.com/blog/2014/01/03/how-forensic-toxicology-helps-a-court-decide-on-drunk-driving-cases/