Litigation & Risk Communication
Litigation Support Services
Lawsuits involving potential adverse effects of radiation exposure, property damage, or contract disputes involving who should pay for site restoration are surprisingly common. Expert legal advice is often needed to understand existing conditions, predict future outcomes, evaluate contract or regulatory limitations, and even reconstruct exposure events and radiation doses that might have occurred decades ago. Dade Moeller & Associates has earned acclaim for our work on many important radiation litigation cases. In the process, we have had the privilege of helping to illuminate and clarify the boundaries where good science and the public interest meet. Notably, we can:
- Provide technical detailed analysis of reports by opposing experts using the principles of good science;
- Develop expert reports involving radiation sources, exposures, doses and risks;
- Identify and, where necessary, reconstruct historical radiation and exposure risks;
- Provide respected expert witnesses;
- Interpret the technical basis of laws and statutes defining requirements for radiation protection;
- Evaluate historical compliance with radiation protection standards, requirements, and license conditions; and
- Identify and coordinate the support of nationally recognized experts in medicine, engineering, chemistry, hydrogeology, risk analysis, and a variety of other fields.
Dade Moeller is helping our clients during litigation involving radiation and radioactive materials. Through our efforts, we are ensuring that our clients are well represented in court; understand the allegations, laws, and scientific principles for their situation; develop their best case consistent with the principles of good science; and emerge with their reputations intact.
Risk Communication Services
You probably have regular discussions with your staff about safety, but have you ever talked with them about what is safe, how you know, or who decides? What do you do when your staff has concerns about exposures to radiation or the safety of handling hazardous materials? How would you prepare testimony for public meetings or statements to the media when your project involves complex risk-benefit tradeoffs? Are you ready to deal with regulators, the public, and the media if an unexpected safety event or emergency occurs?
Dade Moeller & Associates personnel have been dealing with such questions and issues for over 30 years. In addition to helping our clients, we have presented seminars, articles, papers, book chapters, presentations, and workshops on issues involving health and safety, hazards, and risk communications. We also have extensive experience with news media interviews and responding to inquiries from the press and journalists. Among many other risk communication services we offer, we can:
Employees, the public, and the media often have emotional opinions about the health and environmental effects of radiation and hazardous materials.
Issues of exposure, disease, and risk are complicated, and they are frequently influenced by personal experiences and perceptions.
Quality information can be hard to come by - credibility must be proven and trust must be earned.
- Help employees gain realistic understandings of risk, be proactive in hazard prevention, follow effective safety practices, and be prepared for emergencies.
- Meet with employee or union representatives to address their concerns about hazards and safety.
- Assist with developing and presenting easily understood information for use in public meetings, in testimony to elected representatives, and in response to questions from regulators.
- Prepare appropriately detailed materials for use by news journalists, and help staff practice for interviews so they can interact positively with the media.
Ultimately, what sets Dade Moeller apart from other firms is more than just our professional experience, it is our underlying belief that involved parties are best served when defensible scientific advice is considered in an open, rational dialogue to reach mutually agreeable decisions. In the long run, this is the best way to ensure workers, regulators, the public, and stakeholders will not resort to administrative delays, legislation, litigation, “press wars,” and other counterproductive actions.