Exhumation Autopsy: Strategic and Practical Perspectives

Few forensic endeavors raise more questions and intrigue than exhumation autopsy. In nearly all societies and throughout the millennia, the grave is sacrosanct. Protected by both cultural norms and statute, it is exceedingly rare to disturb a final resting place. In some situations, however, local authorities will grant permission to perform exhumation when there is a compelling forensic reason. Such reasons may exist within civil litigation when an autopsy was not performed, or when allegations arise that an autopsy was performed improperly. (more…)

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Building a Case Timeline: The First Step in Analyzing Time-Sensitive Cases

Timing is everything, and a detailed timeline is the first step in analyzing any time-sensitive medical negligence case. Time-sensitive cases are those that allege harm due to delayed diagnosis or treatment of an urgent disease or process. Classic examples include acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), testicular torsion, pulmonary embolism, sepsis, and thrombolytic (TPA) administration in stroke. Entities like these are exquisitely time-dependent, and they require a comprehensive timeline to compile and analyze the course of events. (more…)

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