Oncology Expert Opines on Radon-Related Lung Cancer

Oncology Expert WitnessThis case involves a building inspector who was diagnosed with lung cancer after exposure to toxic levels of radon gases in the buildings in which we worked during his career. The buildings have been declared condemned due to the impermissible and lethal levels of radon present in these buildings for decades. The levels of radon were known by the Defendant for years before the death of the decedent. The decedent was 45 years old when he died. He had no significant medical history, was a non-smoker, and was physically fit and active. He had been exposed to the radon for over 10 years through his employment.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you routinely treat patients similar to the one described in the case?
  • 2. Are you able to opine on the effects of long-term exposure to radon?

Expert Witness Response E-016974

I am an expert in health issues related to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). I have seen countless such patients clinically and have served as a medical expert in IAQ-related legal cases. I can appropriately interpret radon testing results as well clinical testing results in and apply such results to clinical scenarios. I have given presentations to academic, unions and community groups on the IAQ health effects including radon. I teach a graduate course on Environmental Health which includes curriculum on radon. Furthermore, I train medical residents and toxicology fellows in IAQ issues including radon. More broadly, my clinical expertise is in evaluating potential causal links between hazardous exposures and health outcomes.

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