Many questions may remain even after a medical examiner performs an autopsy or a physician renders a medical opinion. Physical examinations, laboratory data, hospital records, and crime scene reports can all have different interpretations based on the focus of a Forensic investigation and on the experience and skill of the investigator.
Dr. Chundru serves as a Forensic expert witness in legal cases throughout the United States that involve death or serious injury. He supports attorneys, law enforcement, and commercial interests in civil and criminal matters and provides analysis and opinions as part of this work. Dr. Chundru has served on both the plaintiff and defense sides for cases concerning:
- Litigation against businesses related to an individual’s death or injury.
- Malpractice and personal injury suits.
- Crime scene analysis.
- Claims related to abuse, assault, and accidents.
- Investigation of disease processes related to mesothelioma, tobacco, and drugs.
Why Clients Choose to Partner With Dr. Chundru
In selecting a Forensic Expert Witness, clients must consider the professional’s expertise and reputation; his / her ability to communicate complex information clearly; and his / her capacity to interpret the data properly.
Expertise. Dr. Satish Chundru has spent nearly 15 years as a Forensic Pathologist and is one of few Board Certified professionals in the field. His credentials include 10 years as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Travis County in Austin, Texas. As part of his training, Dr. Chundru was selected for one of the country’s most competitive fellowship programs in Forensic Pathology at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Communication. Dr. Chundru has extensive experience explaining his findings to a lay audience. Whether he is advising legal counsel and law enforcement or speaking before a jury as a forensic expert witness, he is able to share his opinion in a way that is clear, compelling, and based on science.
Interpretation. In some cases, clients hire Dr. Chundru to confirm the opinion of the Medical Examiner or physician who conducted the initial analysis. In other cases, aspects of this opinion are in doubt. Dr. Chundru can deliver a second opinion backed by the evidence and following sound, comprehensive methodology.
Working With a Forensic Expert Witness
Most of Dr. Chundru’s clients will start with a free consultation by phone or in person. During their conversation, he will take the time to learn the facts of the case, answer questions about his work, and learn what the client wants to accomplish through his services.
Most commonly, clients want to know if Forensic analysis will strengthen the legal argument they wish to make. Dr. Chundru provides analysis based on scientific fact and the evidence available. During the initial consultation, he can generally help a prospective client know if he will be able to support their argument and their case.
Assuming that this is possible, clients will provide access to the resources that Dr. Chundru will require to render his opinion. As a Forensic Expert Witness, he will not typically need to perform a physical examination of the individual who has died or sustained serious injury. Instead, he will review the data and reports already compiled by the initial examiner / physician. This may include:
- Autopsy, medical, and laboratory reports.
- Police reports and crime scene notes.
- Other relevant materials from the plaintiff, prosecution, or defense.
The timeline for Dr. Chundru’s review will depend on the client’s needs. Some clients only want guidance and background information: a source they can turn to with questions as they prepare for their case. Others require a written report or participation in a deposition or trial. Dr. Chundru can typically accommodate all of these requests and, with enough notice, he is able to travel throughout the United States to participate in legal hearings.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of a forensic expert witness?
Forensic expert witnesses like Dr. Chundru provide services for clients all over the United States who need help during litigation. Through their education and training, they are able to provide unique and expert insight into cases involving death or serious injury.
What kind of cases can a forensic expert witness provide insight into?
As a forensic expert witness, Dr. Chundru can provide expertise on cases involving litigation against businesses related to an individual’s death or injury, malpractice and personal injury suits, crime scene analysis, claims related to abuse, assault, and accidents, and investigation of disease processes related to mesothelioma, tobacco, and drugs.
What kind of training and education should a forensic expert witness have?
The credibility of a forensic expert witness largely comes from their education and training. He was also selected for one of the country’s most competitive fellowship programs in forensic pathology at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office. Dr. Chundru is one of the few board certified forensic pathologists in the country. He has been a forensic pathologist for almost 15 years. During 10 of those years he was the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Travis County in Austin, Texas.
Can a forensic expert witness provide insight into a case if he/she did not conduct the independent autopsy or initial analysis?
Absolutely! Dr. Chundru regularly serves as an expert witness on cases when the opinions of the medical examiner or physician who conducted the independent autopsy or initial analysis are in doubt. During litigation, Dr. Chundru provides second opinions backed by evidence and comprehensive methodology.
How will I know if a forensic expert witness will strengthen my legal case?
During your consultation, Dr. Chundru will be able to generally tell you whether or not he will be able to help your case. His analysis will be based on scientific fact and the evidence available.
What will I need to provide to Dr. Chundru in order for him to render his opinion?
Dr. Chundru will not need to do a physical examination or second autopsy but will review the data and reports that have already been completed by the initial examiner or physician. He will need access to the autopsy, medical, and laboratory reports, police reports, and crime scene notes, and other relevant materials from the plaintiff, prosecution, or defense.
What can I expect to receive from Dr. Chundru once he has completed his analysis?
That will depend on what the client needs. Some clients only require guidance and background information and a source they can reference when preparing for the case. Other clients require a written report or participation during a trial. Whatever the need, Dr. Chundru can provide assistance and is even available to travel throughout the United States to participate in legal hearings.
How do I get started with Dr. Chundru?
If you’re interested in having Dr. Chundru serve as your forensic expert witness on a legal case, start by calling his office at (305) 283-3371 to schedule a consultation. This can be over the phone or in person, depending on your availability. During your consultation, Dr. Chundru will take the time to learn all the facts related to your case, answer any questions you have about his role as a forensic pathologist, and learn what you want to accomplish through his services.
Legal representatives and law enforcement who require a forensic expert witness can contact Dr. Chundru for a free consultation. Get in touch online or by calling (305) 283-3371 to discuss.