[ RadSafe ] Legal rulings & Compensation - Process

Cowie, Michael I michael.cowie at aramco.com
Sun Dec 18 23:53:22 CST 2011

In light of recent discussion on the topic of expert witness testimony and court rulings, I thought these links may be of interest. Apologies if I am providing something that is already widely known and understood:


In question/Paragraph 9. It states:

In uranium miners the key exposure is to radon progeny....not Uranium itself per se.

It is interesting to note paragraph five in the next link, which states:

There is little dispute that a standardized incidence ratio (SIR) that identifies an increased risk of 200 (or a relative risk of 2) or more, may support a finding of entitlement, subject to consideration of the evidence in its entirety. An SIR of 200 means that for every 100 incidents of cancer that would have been expected but for the workplace exposure, the studies have identified 100 additional cases that would likely not have occurred but for that risk. Therefore, all must be compensated. This result flows from the principle of the benefit of doubt. This analysis is not medical or even scientific. Rather, it is mathematical. The SIR of 200 is the point of equal probability, and results from the application of mathematical principles to the determination of probability.




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