Written by attorney Edward Joel Lake

Four Things You Should Know About Autopsies and Wrongful Death Claims

Especially in cases of medical malpractice, an autopsy may be necessary to determine the exact cause of a patient’s death. Autopsies can provide important evidence for a legal case where the defendant in a wrongful death claim challenges the cause of death.

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The best time to perform an autopsy is immediately after death, so families must decide quickly whether or not they believe there is need for a more thorough investigation of their loved one's death. Consult with a wrongful death or medical malpractice attorney before committing to the cost of an autopsy to determine if there is reasonable suspicion that medical negligence was to blame for your loss.

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