We offer a variety of forensic services. Our company is dedicated to assisting with the investigation of forensic cases. Please see below to see the services we offer.
Forensic Epidemiology is the practice of understanding causation of disease and/or injury. Epidemiologists are trained medical professionals in a variety of disciplines. Some practice general epidemiology, which is understanding how disease processes affect the human being on an individual basis and on the population scale. Some specialize in genetic epidemiology, forensic epidemiology, and infectious disease epidemiology. Our staff epidemiologists are first trained in general epidemiology, similar to a general practitioner. They understand the human body as a whole and how disease processes affect the human body. They are further trained in Forensic Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
Forensic Epidemiology is similar to Forensic Pathology, where the epidemiologist analyzes injuries as to how they relate to causation of death. Specifically, if there are multiple injuries, it would need to be known which of those injuries really contributed to death, therefore the epidemiologist can use statistics to analyze which injuries most likely contributed to the cause of death. This can be very important in court testimony. Also, data collected by our group is used for reporting purposes to public health agencies, such as the CDC, so that trends can be spotted. In turn, this can result in public health policies being issued to prevent other future deaths from occurring if one is identified that is a risk to public health overall.
General and Infectious Disease Epidemiology is the practice of understanding disease processes within humans. Again, similar to a general practitioner, the epidemiologist is concerned with how the disease or multiple disease processes affect the human. This again, can help with narrowing down how one disease process lead to another and which of the multiple disease processes were more significant than other disease processes. This can be very important in wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. If one is to say pneumonia caused the death, but the epidemiologist finds that the pneumonia was induced by drugs or another process, then the pneumonia therefore is secondary to the first process. This can also establish if the death is of natural or accidental methods.
Our staff Epidemiologists are highly trained, have reviewed thousands of death and medical investigative cases, and testified in multiple states at the State and Federal Court levels. They are also Board Certified in Public Health and the specialty of Infectious Disease Epidemiology along with practicing Forensic Epidemiology. They work in conjunction with the Pathologist within our practice to form an overall opinion upon the case they are reviewing, which only adds to the credibility of the final report that is released to the family.
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Forensic clinical anatomy is a new practical application of the discipline of Clinical Anatomy for ascertaining and evaluating medicolegal questions. In particular, individual anatomy (normal anatomy, anatomical variation, age-, disease-, or surgery-related modifications) can acquire significant relevance in various fields of legal medicine such as child abuse, sudden death, medical responsibility and/or liability, personal injury and damage. Individual anatomy implies not only anatomical changes due to age (development, maturation, and aging), diseases, surgical operations, or even postmortem modifications (living anatomy versus cadaveric anatomy). Therefore clinical anatomy can have forensic implications for various contents and fields of legal medicine, specifically the methods of ascertainment and criteria of evaluation that are applied to their analyses.
In general terms, the methods of ascertainment applied in the analysis of forensic cases (concerning living persons or dead bodies) can be summarized as follows:
Therefore, the new field of Forensic Clinical Anatomy can take its application to the autopsy room to help in the investigation of forensic pathology cases of sudden death to include natural deaths, suicide, accidents, and homicides.