Title

Establishing cause, what does that mean from an epidemiological and legal perspective?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Thomson Reuters

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

27134

Comments

Originally published as: Oosthuizen, J., & and Cross, M (2018). Establishing cause, what does that mean from an epidemiological and legal perspective?. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 35, 426-429. Original article available here.

Abstract

Courts have used a diverse range of scientific evidence and materials in an effort to assess liability, particularly in cases where workers or the public have lodged a legal claim for compensation subsequent on their exposure to hazardous and toxic substances. One of these commonly used scientific tools being epidemiological studies. From a legal perspective it is difficult for the courts to assess these materials. The question for our special issue being: Should epidemiological studies be used by Courts concerning pesticides issues?

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