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Abstract: A person?s death is deemed unnatural when it is the result of an external force. This definition, however, does not apply when the
cause of death is a respiratory or cardiovascular process triggered by a high concentration of an air pollutant, even if other deaths
from toxicological causes (poisonings, overdoses, etc.) are. The distinction between natural and unnatural cause of death,
although not internationally standardized, is critical in determining wrongfulness and liability, which in turn can have financial
and/or legal repercussions. Even though the World Health Organization and other medical and scientific organizations have
shown that air pollution contributes to several million deaths every year, there are currently no practical means to determine
whether a person was subjected to high concentrations of atmospheric pollution before their death; indeed, the ability to find
evidence of this type of exposition could prove very interesting from a forensic standpoint.
Fuente: International journal of biometeorology (2018). 62 (11), 2063-2064
Año de publicación: 2018
Nº de páginas: 2
Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista
Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-018-1616-1
ANA SANTURTUN ZARRABEITIA
MARIA TERESA ZARRABEITIA CIMIANO