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For My Hospital Malpractice Case Should I Request An Autopsy?


Requesting An Autopsy From A DC Area Hospital After Malpractice Is Suspected

Sometimes an autopsy will be performed if a person died unexpectedly, was in otherwise good health, or died after routine surgery, procedure, medication, etc., especially if they were a young person. And sometimes the cause of death is known without an autopsy – the person had cancer or some terminal disease for example.

But there are times when a family member may die unexpectedly and the only way to get answers as to what happened and why is to request an autopsy be performed. A pathologist will examine the body and review slides microscopically to determine the cause of death.

How can this help you?

If your loved one died due to a genetic condition or some preventable cause, this can help you and your family get medical attention and specific knowledge of your family health history. If a patient dies because of bad medical care, one of the elements to prove in any medical malpractice case is the cause of death – and autopsy findings can be critical evidence.

If a hospital or medical examiner won’t provide an autopsy, families can obtain a private autopsy – this just means they pay a private pathologist to perform the autopsy. Most hospitals have lists of local pathologists who perform autopsies. Do you have questions about a potential medical malpractice claim? Give us a call today at 202-393-3320 and also discover the truth about medical malpractice by reading our free, signature book “7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice.”

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