Forensic pathology is a branch of pathology (the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them) concerned with determining the cause of death by examination of a corpse.
A coroner (usually a legal authority and not a physician) or medical examiner (usually a physician with a subspecialty in forensic pathology and conducts death investigations) are responsible for determining when to perform the autopsy usually during the investigation of criminal law cases and civil law cases in some jurisdictions.
Harris County may elect not to perform an internal autopsy if there is a high level of certainty about the underlying cause of death.
In some instances it may become necessary for family members to ask their attorney to recommend an internal autopsy if that determination is called into question or the medical examiner declines to perform and autopsy. Once again time is of the essence, your attorney must be familiar with the mechanics of contacting a competent forensic pathologist and preserving necessary evidence to be able to pursue the case. The Law Office of J. Michael Solar PLLC knows who and what is needed to protect the survivors’ lawsuit.