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In the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts plays the titular, real-life legal assistant who nearly single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Although actress Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her performance, these types of cases are not only real, but also prevalent and common. Known as “toxic torts”, they are increasingly common, as more and more negative side effects from long-term exposure to chemicals are discovered and those in charge are held responsible.
This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy welcomes her guest, physician, attorney, industrial hygienist, industrial toxicologist and biomedical engineer Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., C.I.H. to discuss these types of cases and more.
Dr. Chiodo’s law practice has included service as a trial attorney in toxic tort and environmental litigiation, and he has written a book on the subject, Toxic Tort: Ernest P. Chiodo: Amazon.com: Books.
Determination of causation of occupational and environmental disease requires knowledge of medicine, epidemiology, toxicology, biostatistics, industrial hygiene, public health, and biomedical engineering. Dr. Chiodo has formal education and board certifications documenting his expertise in all of these disciplines. In addition, as a practicing attorney, he has knowledge of evidentiary rules including the Federal Daubert Rules for admission of expert testimony.
People are typically exposed to toxic chemicals from pharmaceuticals, from consumer products, from the environment, in the home, and at work. Most toxic tort cases arise either from exposure to pharmaceutical drugs or occupational exposures. There have also been many occupational toxic tort cases, because industrial and other workers are often chronically exposed to toxic chemicals. Most of the law in this area arises from asbestos exposure. However, thousands of toxic chemicals are used in industry and workers in these areas can experience a variety of toxic injuries.
Join Dr. Hildy and her guest this week as they discuss toxic tort cases, their causes, and what you can do to protect yourself on One Cell One Light Radio!
Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., C.I.H is a physician, attorney, industrial hygienist, industrial toxicologist and biomedical engineer licensed to practice medicine in New York, Michigan, Florida and Illinois as well as law in Michigan and Illinois. Dr. Chiodo provides medical, legal, industrial hygiene, toxicology, biostatistics, epidemiology, and biomedical engineering services from his offices in Metropolitan Detroit and Chicago. He also has a forensic medical office in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Toxic Tort: Ernest P. Chiodo: Amazon.com: Books
When your legal concern involves dangerous toxins and pesticides, you want to know exactly what you are dealing with. Attorney and physician Dr. Ernest Chiodo has outlined these concerns in his book, Toxic Tort: Medical and Legal Elements.
This is what former Chairman of the environmental law section of the State Bar of Michigan, Donnelly W. Hadden had to say about the book:
“Dr. Chiodo provides within this book gems of researched law and accepted science polished with the grit of practical courtroom experience. If you do any toxic tort litigation, this book will soon become dog-eared and full of underlined passages. You will always keep it near.”
ERNEST P. CHIODO, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., C.I.H.