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4 Examples of a Forensic Toxicologist Helping a Case

May 24, 2019

4 Examples of a Forensics Toxicologist Helping a Case

The job of a forensic toxicologist is not a simple one. These professionals are tasked with understanding the innerworkings of chemicals, drugs, gases, metals, and how each interacts with and affects the human body. These scientists know how to interpret and explain drug dosages, drug interactions, and other toxicology fundamentals to help solidify a personal injury or medical malpractice case.

Forensic toxicologists provide expertise in a number of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Criminal investigation
  • Medical malpractice
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability
  • Toxic torts
  • Workers’ compensation

To understand how forensic toxicologist can potentially help your case, let’s examine some examples of using toxicology experts.

Opioid Addiction Case

The opioid epidemic is a growing problem in the U.S., and an estimated 54 million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetime. One way in which expert toxicologists are used is for opioid addiction cases. They may testify on dosages, as well as monitoring and safety (or lack thereof) of prescription opioid medications.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Breathing in odorless, colorless, toxic carbon monoxide gas can lead to serious health issues such as fainting, organ failure, memory problems, or even death. In the event that a heating system is not installed correctly in a residential building and tenants are unknowingly exposed to carbon monoxide, resulting in injury or death, a forensic toxicologist can explain the effects of carbon monoxide to a jury in a personal injury case.

Medical Malpractice from Improper Treatment

Doctors are responsible for examining the patient and collecting all applicable information before prescribing a medication. If they fail to collect pertinent patient information, prescription medications with certain side effects can lead to serious injury or death. For example, a middle-aged woman who smokes should not be prescribed estrogen for menopause symptoms, as a major side effect is increased risk of blood clots and death. A forensic toxicologist can identify this misstep and cause of death, then properly explain it to a jury in court.

Personal Injury Case Involving Drunk Driving

A forensic toxicologist can also determine if a person involved in a personal injury case had been drinking alcohol and/or operating a vehicle, vessel, or machinery while under the influence. For example, if a person is driving a boat after consuming alcohol crashes into another person driving a boat and the accident results in lifelong paralysis, the forensic toxicologist can consult or testify on the case regarding the alcohol consumption and intoxication.

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