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When a loved one dies suddenly, an autopsy may be the only way to learn the truth behind what happened. In addition, a forensic autopsy can reveal necessary information and evidence in cases where the death is suspicious or uncertain.
Dr. Satish Chundru is a board-certified forensic pathologist. He has extensive experience and has performed thousands of forensic autopsies, providing him with a unique insight into determining the cause of death and any mitigating factors.
Serving Texas and Nevada, Dr. Chundru provides compassionate, thoughtful care and a precise, comprehensive approach to forensic autopsies. His experience in forensic autopsies and as an expert witness has given him the ability to ascertain the information families need to move on after a loved one’s passing.
What Can a Forensic Autopsy Do for You?
A family may request a forensic autopsy for any death they feel has an uncertain diagnosis, or if they want a second opinion in determining the cause or circumstances that led to a loved one’s passing.
While most suspicious or unnatural deaths warrant a forensic autopsy, a medical examiner’s office can review medical records and the situations around a person’s death and decide a forensic autopsy is unnecessary. In those situations, families may pursue a private or forensic autopsy.
What Does a Forensic Autopsy Determine?
A forensic autopsy or medicolegal autopsy involves a postmortem examination of an individual to investigate an unnatural death or a natural death. In a forensic autopsy, the pathologist determines the cause of death, the manner of death, and sometimes the mechanism of injury.
Additionally, a forensic autopsy can provide important information, documentation, and evidence in deaths where a legal case or action may result. A forensic autopsy frequently includes:
- Consultations with family and attorneys
- Forensic photography
- Preservation of toxicology samples
- Review of basic medical records
Forensic autopsies are essential medicolegal tools for investigating unnatural deaths, filing insurance claims, and establishing any liability for your loss.
How Does a Forensic Autopsy Differ from a Private or Secondary Autopsy?
While forensic autopsies are largely similar to private autopsies, second autopsies have significant differences. A secondary autopsy generally looks to provide answers that an initial medical examiner’s autopsy failed to offer or if a family/lawyer feels the first autopsy was done incompetently. Because the first autopsy already dissected the organs and tissues, it is important to always review the first autopsy findings/photos/investigation and add any additional information that can be gleaned by observing the body after it has been autopsied. It can be difficult or impossible to render diagnoses in second autopsies unless all the findings, photos, and reports are reviewed from the first autopsy. For this reason, a secondary autopsy usually focuses on specific tissues and samples rather than a complete procedure.
A private and forensic autopsy both involve:
- A complete interior and exterior physical examination
- Lab tests to identify any medical conditions
- Identifications of injuries
However, a forensic pathologist must perform a forensic autopsy. A forensic pathologist is a medical doctor trained in identifying injury patterns, collecting evidence, and investigating and interpreting the circumstances around a death.
Why Families Seek a Forensic Autopsy from Dr. Chundru
In cases where a loved one dies suddenly or experiences an unnatural death, the family members often have many questions. For example, they may want to know if the deceased received proper medical care before passing or if the loss directly resulted from an accident or mistake. Additionally, if there is reason to believe a specific product or service contributed to the loss of life, loved ones may hope to prevent further tragedies.
A second autopsy can provide vital explanations in cases where an initial autopsy did not. It can further explain what led to a loved one’s death, but it can also answer whether:
- They had an undiagnosed medical condition
- Someone was responsible for their passing
- Their care was handled appropriately
- The initial cause of death was accurate
Answering these questions can provide necessary closure for families and serve as a tool for further investigations around their loved one’s death.
Why Families Choose a Forensic Pathologist
When choosing Dr. Chundru for your forensic autopsy, you can trust that you will receive his honest, unbiased opinions based on the facts and the information gleaned from the examination.
With only around 650 board-certified forensic pathologists nationwide, Dr. Chundru offers critical knowledge to those seeking an explanation for their loss. For over fifteen years, Dr. Chundru has brought his wisdom, attention to detail, and kindness to individuals, families, attorneys, and law enforcement.
Through his extensive experience, Dr. Chundru can help you to understand the nature of your loved one’s passing. Additionally, his detailed and thorough methodology means that he will document and communicate any critical information obtained through his forensic autopsy.
Contact Dr. Chundru for Your Forensic Autopsy Needs
Dr. Satish Chundru provides families with the certainty they need to understand the passing of a loved one. While he only offers his forensic autopsy services to those in Texas, Nevada, and Utah, his consulting services are available nationwide.
If your loved one passed due to unnatural or natural circumstances, you have a right to know what led to their death. If you seek clarity, request a consultation with Dr. Chundru today.