Neuropathology Expert Opines on Permanent Brain Damage from Cyanide Poisoning


neuropathology expert witnessThis case involves a facilities repair worker who suffered permanent neurological damage due to alleged cyanide exposure at his workplace. At the time of the incident in question, the man was working with several other individuals at an industrial scale metal polishing facility. The workers were performing maintenance near some of the facility’s machinery, which used cyanide containing compounds to polish metal, when they began to feel extremely sick. At the hospital, doctors reported that the workers were exhibiting signs of acute cyanide poisoning, including weakness, headaches, and vertigo, as well as nausea and vomiting. While the plaintiff survived this exposure, he claims to have sustained a debilitating, permanent brain injury. 

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Can cyanide poisoning lead to brain injury?

Expert Witness Response E-013460

I have been a professor of Neurology for 30 years, having developed particular strengths in neurotoxicology and neuropathology. I am also the founding director of an occupational and environmental forensic toxicology center in the Pacific Northwest. In my professional opinion, both acute and persistent neurological injury can result from exposure to environmental sources of cyanide. In my own career, I have conducted several studies on the effect of cyanide poisoning on the brain using murine models.


Expert Bio

This expert of neurotoxicology has several decades of experience researching the role of toxins in neuropathology and teaching medical students. A member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Neurological Association, he currently serves as a full professor of neurology at one of the region’s most prestigious schools of medicine, having previously taught neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

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