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AUTOPSIES CAN PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

If your loved one has died from what you suspect may be medical malpractice, an autopsy can help determine what really happened. However, often medical professionals do not want to order an autopsy. They may be confident that they already know the cause of death, be unwilling to incur the expense of the procedure, or may simply be afraid that an autopsy could uncover evidence that could be used against them in a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

An autopsy can be expensive, and the ultimate result may be to confirm your medical professional's determination regarding your loved one's cause of death. However, an autopsy has the power to detect evidence of medical malpractice such as surgical errors, medication overdose, internal bleeding or misdiagnosed infection.  

Listen carefully if your loved one's medical provider attempts to steer you away from requesting an autopsy to determine cause of death. If you face stonewalling and continued refusal when you request an autopsy, you can talk to the medical examiner or the hospital administrator to find out what you need to do to arrange for an autopsy. In the meantime, make sure that your loved one's body is maintained as it was at the time of death so as not to lose important evidence that could reveal medical harm. 

Medical professionals have professional and financial incentives to avoid performing autopsies. But you deserve to know the truth about the cause of your loved one's death. Furthermore, if your loved one died because of medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to help you move forward in the wake of that tragic loss. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the particulars of your loved one's death and determine whether you may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

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