Jun 15, 2018 0 Comments in Forensics, Neurotoxicity, Solvents by

I served as an expert witness in a toluene diisocyanate case. The plaintiff had an unusual neurologic injury affecting equilibrium. I specialize in difficult cases such as this one. Not every substance has been evaluated for all possible neurotoxic symptoms. For example, toluene diisocyanate is not generally known to cause dysequilibrium. In order to properly evaluate neurotoxicity cases, it is often necessary to go deep into the toxicology literature to understand what happened in an individual case. Sometimes specific toxicology research can be generalized to help understand the current case. The plaintiff needed a neuropsychologist specializing in neurotoxicity to correctly diagnose his condition, even if he had to go out of state to find one.

I analyzed his situation within the context of his existing medical provider’s diagnoses. I evaluated the plaintiff and determined that he had neuropsychological injuries from his exposure.

The plaintiff’s lawyer was very involved in the case and had spent many hours with me prior to testimony in order to deeply understand what had happened to the plaintiff. The lawyer genuinely cared about the integrity of the legal system, as well as the welfare of the plaintiff and his family.

No one had wanted to settle the case. I was deposed and gave testimony over several days. The case was being vigorously defended by the 4 defendants who all had a chance to strenuously cross-examine me.

During the course of the deposition, the defendant became convinced that I was correct, and changed their procedures regarding applying the material to prevent further injuries to other people such as occurred in this case.

After concluding my deposition, the defendants realized that the plaintiff had a very strong case. They settled with a very generous settlement, paying all the plaintiff’s medical bills as well as providing an income to the plaintiff for the rest of his life.

Leave a Reply