Forensic Wrongful Death Investigation

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the decedent was killed as a result of negligence (or other liability) on the part of the defendant, and that the surviving dependents or beneficiaries are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the defendant's conduct in contributing to the wrongful death of the deceased.

When “beyond a reasonable doubt” is too high a threshold to achieve, forensic toxicology wrongful death investigation may contribute to a civil proceeding where expert conclusions need be “more likely than not.” Before an wrongful death opinion can be reached, experts at The Forensic Panel consider a variety of sources of information that may include drug tests, human tissue analysis, documents regarding drug toxicity and drug actions and interactions, and a person’s drug use history.

Wrongful Death Investigations by Expert Forensic Toxicologists

The Forensic Panel has the experience and sophistication for ascertaining the relative contributions of different substance related issues to wrongful death investigation. Peer-review ensures accountability in the expert toxicologist’s determination of which pieces of evidence bear most influentially on the cause and mode of questionable death. Where medical certainty is most elusive – because an examinee is deceased – such a scrupulous approach to a wrongful death investigations makes the last word of our expert witness realistic.