Medically Reviewed by DR. SATISH CHUNDRU

rows of medical recordsA medical record review by forensic pathologist Dr. Chundru can offer surviving family members, physicians, healthcare facilities, and insurers with the information and peace they desire.

The Benefits to Grieving Families

When a person dies while, or soon after receiving medical treatment, both family members and physicians may have questions regarding the death. Surviving family members may wonder if the right medical choices were made to care for their loved one, if important medical information was missed, if there was negligence or perhaps even malpractice, or, in the case in which family members feel there are unanswered questions, whether or not all information surrounding the cause of their loved one’s death has been thoroughly disclosed.

A professional medical record review by a board-certified forensic pathologist like Dr. Chundru is often a necessary first step if a family is considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. This initial record review provides an unbiased, third-party opinion as to the type of care the deceased received and whether or not it was appropriate given his or her medical state. Before fully investing in litigation, many families chose to start with a medical review.

The Benefits to the Healthcare Community

Conversely, healthcare practitioners, healthcare facilities, and insurers also have a vested interest in determining that the providers who made medical decisions for the deceased followed the Hippocratic oath of “Do no harm.” Whether a patient’s family seems unsatisfied with the answers they’ve received as to why their loved one died while receiving medical treatment, or a physician is uncertain if they had properly uncovered all necessary medical facts before determining a course of treatment, a medical record review can be a first line of defense in a potential medical malpractice case and provide an unbiased report as to whether or not the healthcare professionals, healthcare facility, and their insurers are exposed to any risk for liability of the death.

Information That Can Be Gleaned from a Medical Record Review

The following type of information can be received from a consultation with Dr. Chundru, often in less than 2 weeks after he’s begun his review:

  • A complete review of the deceased’s medical records
  • Facility records from the healthcare facility where the deceased was treated
  • Any documented communications between the deceased’s family and the healthcare facility where treatment took place
  • Any internal communications that exist in written or digital format

By reviewing this information, Dr. Chundru is able to create an easy-to-understand, professional, thorough, and unbiased report for the requesting party about whether or not there were any medical missteps, negligence, or malpractice. If it’s determined that a medical malpractice lawsuit will be pursued after receiving the report, Dr. Chundru is able to work side by side with his clients throughout trial as a medical malpractice expert witness.

Contact Dr. Chundru to Consult About a Medical Record Review Today

Whether you recently lost a loved one and suspect the correct medical procedures weren’t followed during his or her treatment, or you suspect a deceased patient’s family may be pursuing a medical malpractice case, Dr. Chundru can provide his professional services through a medical record review. One of only about 500 board-certified forensic pathologists in the United States, Dr. Chundru is uniquely trained to deliver this vital information which can give closure or, in some cases, help plaintiffs or defendants during a medical malpractice lawsuit.

To learn more about how Dr. Chundru can assist you, contact him today.