Fear, Fiat, and Fiasco: Causation in Cancer Risk Assessment

  • Paolo F. Ricci
  • Andrea F. Henderson
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 43)


Causation is a central issue in toxic tort cases as it must be proven by the plaintiff to prevail against a defendant. If a tort action deals with obvious cause, causation may not be the focal point of the case and the central issue may turn to defining a product’s defect or determining liability. Causation becomes the focal point when the link between cause and effect cannot easily be determined. Where such links have been needed in science and regulation, the process of risk assessment has been heavily relied on. However, considering recent tort cases and regulatory decisions, questions exist as to the reliability of risk assessment given uncertain cause and effect, its relevance in court, and its usefulness in regulation.


Cancer Risk Assessment Nuclear Regulatory Commission Consumer Product Safety Commission Judicial Scrutiny Tort Case 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo F. Ricci
    • 1
  • Andrea F. Henderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Joint Research CenterEuropean CommunitiesIspraItaly

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