1. What is an autopsy?
The primary purpose of an autopsy is to put to rest any questions a family may have regarding the cause of death, nature of illness, and reassurance that the appropriate health care was provided.
2. Who can legally request an autopsy?
An autopsy can only be requested by the legal next-of-kin or legally designated responsible party. The legal party is responsible for signing consent form before the autopsy takes place.
3. Who performs the autopsy?
An autopsy involves a licensed Pathologist, who must be present at all times, and an autopsy technician who assists the doctor during the procedure.
4. How long will the procedure take?
Most autopsies are between two to four hours long, and can take place before or after the funeral arrangements have taken place.
5. Will the autopsy affect the funeral plans?
The autopsy will not interfere with appearance or arrangements of the funeral service. At all times the family's cultural and religious beliefs will be respected.
6. How soon can we get results?
Preliminary findings are usually available within 24 hours of procedure. A complete detailed report will be available within 45 working days.
7. What is an autopsy report?
An autopsy report is written by the assigned Pathologist. Descriptions of all findings, and the interpretations of these findings are detailed in the report.
8. Where is the autopsy performed?
Depending upon the location of the deceased and your current funeral home provider, the autopsy will take place at funeral home or similar off-site facility.
9. What if I plan to litigate?
The autopsy is your first step in deciding whether litigation is an option or not. Please ask you attorney before proceeding.
10. Are your doctors available to testify?
Our doctors are available for consultations testimony, and depositions should the need arise. (these services are not included in the autopsy fee. Each doctor has his/her own rates.)