Adult and General Forensic Pathology

Adult and General Forensic Pathology

Forensic pathology is the subspecialty of pathology that directs its efforts to the examination of living or dead persons in order to provide an opinion concerning the cause, mechanism, and manner of disease, injury or death; the identification of persons; the significance of biological and physical evidence; the correlation and/or reconstruction of wounds, wound patterns, and sequences; and conducting comprehensive medicolegal death investigations (citation: College of American Pathologists).

 

Examples of common consultation areas:

Homicide

  • Gunshot wounds
  • Stab wounds
  • Blunt trauma
  • Thermal injuries
  • Homicide by unspecified means / homicidal violence
  • Capital murder / death penalty
  • Post-conviction appeal

 

Elder abuse and elder neglect

  • Head trauma
  • Starvation
  • Dehydration
  • Dementia / neurodegenerative disease
  • Decubitus ulcers
  • Nursing home death
  • Assisted suicide

 

Medical malpractice / misadventure

  • Neurosurgical death
  • Cardiology and cardiovascular surgery
  • General surgery
  • Drug toxicity and drug errors
  • Obstetrical deaths
  • Perinatal demise

 

Occupational injuries / diseases

  • Blunt trauma
  • Thermal injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Explosions / bombing
  • Military and war time injuries
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestos exposure and asbestosis

Insurance policy denial / appeal

  • Accidental death and dismemberment policy denials
  • Insurance decision appeals
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Accidental falls
  • Alcohol dependance and abuse

 

Wrongful death

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Workplace injuries
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Drug abuse / drug toxicity
  • Medical malpractice

 

Drugs, alcohols and poisons

  • Forensic toxicology
  • Prescription drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Opiate drugs
  • Methamphetamine
  • Bath salts
  • GHB
  • MDMA / ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Synthetic cannabinoids