In the area of medical jurisprudence, where there is a connection between law and medicine. Forensic pathology investigates and interprets injury and death resulting from violence or occurring suddenly, unexpectedly, or in an unexplained manner. With the use of forensic pathology, the course of the autopsy also serves to collect physical evidence which will undergo pathology examination by other forensic scientists, i.e., toxicologist, Anthropologist, dentists. These findings through pathology are then interpreted by testimony in a court of law.
With offices providing forensic pathology services in California and Florida.
A private autopsy is requested by the legal next-of-kin, or legally designated party in hopes of putting to rest questions such as cause or manner of death, patient care, hereditary diseases, family closure, etc.
Exhumation & Disinterment Autopsies
"Synonymous" to dig up or remove, as from a grave or tomb, for the purpose and performance of an autopsy.
A branch of environmental medicine concerned with the study of chemicals, (RX medications, illicit drugs) their actions, their detections, and the treatment of conditions produced by them.
Med. Mal. Practice & Wrongful Death Specialist
Forensic pathologists as a class probably the best expert medical witnesses appearing in the courts today. They are the most traditional forensic scientific experts in the world and are usually specialists in medicolegal cases and have experience in police and judicial procedures.
Procurement of human tissue/specimens serves as an educational, scientific, and humanitarian purposes. 1-800-Autopsy, Inc. only procures tissue for research applications serving medical schools, research investigators, and tissue banks. Please also see our Organ Donations section for further information.
Post-Mortem Neurological Diagnosis
Performed by a board certified Neuropathologist, a postmortem neurological examination consists of examining the brain and spinal tissue to aid in the diagnosis of various conditions affecting the central nervous system.
Post-mortem Asbestos Procurement / Analysis
Post-mortem DNA (Paternity) Analysis
When the issue is paternity or the identification of a deceased person is at question. Who is the biological parent, whose child this is, who is legally entitled to inheritance, who may legally immigrate to the U.S., who has child custody rights. With the submission of blood samples from the mother, father, child, fetus, and/or deceased person can the DNA (deoxyribo-nucleic-acid) be established. What is DNA identification. It is the most precise and definitive method available for determining parentage/identification. Everyone is born with a unique genetic blueprint known as DNA. Because DNA is passed down from mother and father to child, DNA identification provides a conclusive way to determine biological relationships. Consequently, DNA typing has become the most accepted method within the legal and child support enforcement communities.
Hospital (Diener) Services Autopsy Support
Works under the technical and administrative direction of a pathologist. Obtains approval and instructions to begin autopsy, insures correct identification, via I.D. wristband, lays out standard autopsy instruments and apparel for the pathologist. Labels specimen jars, fills formalin containers, prepares tissue cassettes. Records the sex, ethnicity, height, weight, teeth, color of hair and eyes along with any visible scars or anomalies. Performs or assists with standard eviscerations techniques i.e., Block, Rokitansky or Virchow methods in accomplishing complete autopsy excision and dissection. Records weight of individual organs, draws blood and obtains other body fluids as requested. Sews, cleans, and re-wraps cadaver with a body bag. Cleans autopsy instruments, table and immediate area/room insuring established levels of sanitation, safety, privacy, decorum and cleanliness. Photographs specimen/organs upon request.
Contract Autopsy Services
Medical Photography Services
Should always be utilized to insure that adequate documentation is obtained. Pathologists will be challenged by expert witnesses available to the defendant, be it a person, hospital, or medical malpractice allegations, at the time of subsequent litigation. A completely prepared autopsy report should allow, the gathering of as much documentary evidence as possible. With the recognition that external & internal findings commonly are the most important part of the medicolegal autopsy, it becomes immediately obvious that such evidence is perishable and frequently distorted by the autopsy. Consequently, we cannot overemphasize the necessity to preserve the appearance of any and all injuries prior to and during the course of the autopsy.