Prior Autopsy and Death Certificate Documentation Review

Following an autopsy a pathologist issues a death certificate that reviews the cause of death in determining whether or not foul-play occurred. However, the cause of death on the certificate does not express the complexities of each case that may be of interest in legal proceedings in the courtroom. Thus, The Forensic Panelís pathologists can use the death certificate as a starting point and then fully investigate the autopsy report in its entirety. When the circumstances surrounding a victimís death are unclear or ambiguous, The Forensic Panelís peer review mechanism ensures diligence and accountability in the investigation. Moreover, this unique evaluation protocol employs experts of complimentary areas of expertise Ė such as emergency medicine or forensic toxicology Ė to contribute multiple disciplinesí input to a pathologistís answers to complex questions surrounding an autopsy report.