Scrap Metal Workers Suffer Lead Poisoning Due to Alleged Employer Negligence


Environmental Science Expert WitnessThis case involves a number of Plaintiffs that were exposed to lead dust during their employment at a scrap metal processing facility. The Defendants in this case had a business focused on processing scrap metal and lead-bearing byproducts into refined lead alloys. The process utilized by the Defendants in order to produce these alloys is known to produce lead dust and residue that is dispersed into the air, allowing it to be inhaled by workers. Some of the Plaintiffs have sustained injuries and harm as a result of the direct lead dust and or lead residue brought into their homes, which has contacted their skin, clothing, footwear, vehicles and other personal belongings of family members.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients who have been exposed to lead?
  • 2. Do you have knowledge of work-related lead exposure cases and patients who have suffered complications and injuries as a result?

Expert Witness Response E-027937

Expert-ID: E-027937

I am highly qualified for evaluating lead-related toxicity. I have extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of occupational and environmental lead toxicity. I have provided medical surveillance and biological monitoring services to employees, and consulted extensively to lead manufacturing and processing industries (lead oxide flux, metallurgical fire assay, gold and silver mining, lead shot production, battery recycling). I’m the author of an Occupational & Environmental Medicine textbook chapter on Medical Surveillance which includes lead, and the developer of web-based health and safety software that is used extensively by industries that produce or handle Lead, among other hazards. In addition, I have been a principal investigator or consultant in numerous environmental pollution cases, including lead. If the company was aware of the dangers posed by its methods, as is indicated in the case summary above, then they were clearly negligent.

Expert Witness Response E-016974

The situation described is one I am familiar with as a form of occupational lead exposure as well as “bystander” exposure. I have extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients exposed to lead dust. I have developed clinical protocols for OSHA mandated medical exams for those workers at risk of lead exposure. I have  written a medical textbook on heavy metal exposure which includes a chapter on lead. I advise unions and community groups on the hazards of lead dust. In my clinical work, I have seen over a thousand patients exposed to environmental hazards. I currently serve as Division Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and as Medical Director for three Occupational Environmental Medicine clinics at which similarly exposed patients are routinely evaluated and treated.

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