Medically Reviewed by DR. SATISH CHUNDRU

The hand of a corpse being observed by a pathologistIt goes without saying that family members experience tremendous grief when a loved one dies. Unfortunately, that grief can be compounded if a medical examiner determines that an autopsy isn’t needed following your family member’s death. Without an autopsy, family members can be left with unanswered questions regarding the circumstances of their loved one’s death. And in the case where one suspects a relative’s death was due to medical malpractice, an autopsy is necessary to prove practitioner negligence.

To help grieving families receive the closure they need, Dr. Chundru provides private autopsy services throughout the United States. Typically performed in a funeral home as soon as possible after a death, the procedure generally takes about an hour and a half to complete and allows Dr. Chundru to provide family members with answers about their loved one’s passing.

Typical Information Provided Following a Private Autopsy

Families who choose to have a private autopsy performed can expect to receive the following types of information:

  • Cause of Death

After performing the examination, Dr. Chundru can tell families what caused their loved one’s death. This information often provides much-needed closure to grieving families. 

  • Toxicology Reports

Toxicology reports are taken during all private autopsies. This is especially beneficial to families who suspect that alcohol, street drugs, or prescription medications contributed to their loved one’s death. If an overdose is suspected, Dr. Chundru’s examination and research can even help determine if the overdose was accidental or suicidal.

  • Histology Reports

A histology report will provide answers about the body’s tissues and help Dr. Chundru determine if there was any underlying medical condition – perhaps even undiagnosed – that contributed to a loved one’s death. 

  • Potential Information Regarding Hereditary Diseases

Sometimes, a private autopsy can reveal that your loved one had a hereditary condition that contributed to his or her death. Not only does this help families receive the closure they need, but the diagnosis of a hereditary condition in a deceased person can also help surviving family members better screen and manage their health.  

  • Evidence of Medical Malpractice

Unfortunately, sometimes a death is the result of medical malpractice. This can be especially difficult for surviving family members as they come to terms with the fact that the medical professionals who were supposed to help their loved one actually caused his or her death. Through thorough examination, Dr. Chundru is able to identify evidence of medical malpractice.

Dr. Chundru is Available for Private Autopsies Throughout the United States

Though based in Texas, Dr. Chundru is available to perform a private autopsy for your loved one anywhere in the United States. The key to getting the most accurate information from the procedure is to have it performed as soon as possible after your loved one’s death.

Before he begins the procedure (or travels to your destination to perform it), Dr. Chundru will hold a consultation with families and/or legal teams to ensure he has a clear understanding of what information loved ones are hoping to learn from the autopsy. This helps Dr. Chundru better understand the goals the family has for the procedure.

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, or are legally representing someone who did, and the local medical examiner didn’t perform an autopsy, Dr. Chundru can help you find answers.

Contact him today to schedule a consultation.