Toxicology

Toxicology Expert Witness

A Toxicology expert witness is a physician Toxicologist who testifies on poisoning, overdose, and exposure to drugs, alcohol, toxins, or biological agents. Toxicology is a field of medicine dealing with the treatment of poisoning, drug overdose, and exposure to toxins or biological agents. The training of a Medical Toxicologist is complex, lasting five years or longer. After securing an M.D. or D.O. degree, a Medical Toxicologist must complete training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Emergency Medicine followed by a two-year fellowship in Medical Toxicology. Medical Toxicologists practice at poison control centers, hospitals, and large governmental agencies. Medical Toxicology differs from other fields of Toxicology (such as Pharmacology or research) in that all Medical Toxicologists are physicians. Consequently, a Medical Toxicology expert witness must understand not only the effects of various toxins but they also must diagnose and treat patients who have suffered from a wide range of exposures and poisonings.

A Medical Toxicologist expert witness may opine in myriad areas such as drug overdose, adverse drug reactions, envenomation, botanical exposure, chemical exposure, and occupational exposure. These areas include both acute or chronic events as well as intentional and unintentional exposures. Given their vast range of expertise, Medical Toxicologists are frequently called upon in both civil and criminal litigation. They also are required in toxic tort claims. A toxic tort is a personal injury lawsuit wherein a plaintiff claims that exposure to a chemical caused a specific injury or disease. Toxic tort claims typically arise from chemical or biological exposures due to pharmaceuticals, consumer products, the environment, home, or work. Examples of toxic tort scenarios may include pesticide exposure, illness caused by toxins in ground water, ethylene oxide exposure, and mesothelioma secondary to workplace exposure to asbestos.

Litigation against Toxicologists is distinctly uncommon but may arise when a plaintiff alleges that improper treatment for a specific exposure resulted in further injury or death. More commonly, Medical Toxicologists appear as expert witnesses for both plaintiff and defense. In that capacity, their role is to educate the trier of fact in the area of harm and causation.

Toxicology Case Matter

Elite Medical Experts is experienced in all aspects of Toxicology-related litigation and consultation, including:

  • Botanical exposures (e.g. oleander)
  • Drug interactions
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Envenomation (e.g. rattlesnake)
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Groundwater contamination litigation
  • Hazardous waste
  • Heavy metal exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)
  • Illicit drug overdose (e.g. cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine)
  • Intentional poisoning (e.g. arsenic, mercury)
  • Munchausen syndrome (and Munchausen by proxy)
  • Nutraceuticals (nutritional supplements)
  • Occupational / industrial chemical exposure
  • Overdose antidotes
  • Pesticide exposure (e.g. organophosphates, chlorpyrifos, glyphosate)
  • Toxic gas exposure (e.g. carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, ethylene oxide)
  • Drug overdose (e.g. OxyContin®, Ativan®, Xanax®, Valium®, oxycodone, morphine)
  • Toxic mold litigation
  • Toxic tort cases (e.g. asbestosis, mesothelioma, berylliosis, silicosis, dioxin, benzene)
  • Unintentional poisoning
  • Workman’s compensation

Given the complexity of Toxicology, an experienced Medical Toxicology expert expert witness from a top university medical center is an indispensable resource for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Toxicology expert witness who is ready to work with you, please call Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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