Frequently Asked Questions
GPMG by using the contact information below.
a family requests an autopsy for a deceased family member they
often seek the help of a funeral director to help them find a
suitable service provider.
64 years of combined experience performing autopsies, and over
21,000 collective autopsy experiences GPMG has the professional
experience needed to complement the reputation of the funeral
service-driven philosophy is always geared to the needs of the
clients. Our scheduling is flexible to meet your needs and those
of the families we serve. We are there when we are needed.
the autopsy is to be performed at the funeral home or an off-site
designated location, we always leave the work area spotless.
take every precaution to safeguard the integrity of the blood
vessels so as to facilitate embalming and make your preservation
the autopsy process a GPMG consultant is assigned to the case
and is available to the family 24/7 to answer questions about
any aspect of the process, as well as to simply be there for them.
Once the autopsy findings are complete, we carefully and fully
explain and clarify them to the family so all their questions
also believes in respecting the inherent difficulties families
experience at such times and therefore offer all autopsy and related
services at very reasonable cost with no compromise in service
a family requests an autopsy for a departed loved one, GPMG is
a group you can recommend to your clients with trust in our expertise
and full confidence in our attention to your client's needs. Contact
GPMG using the contact information below.
is a professional group of pathologists offering a complete range
of pathology services. All cases are administered directly by
GPMG and each is given a customer service contact who is on call
to keep you informed of progress, findings and other details,
anytime day or night. Our full range of services to include the
Autopsies. When the family desires a fully independent examination
of the cause and manner of death GPMG professionals are ready
to assist you. This procedure will answer questions concerning
acquired and inherited diseases, so as to assist the family in
finding closure for the loss of their loved one, and to assist
the surviving family members with their own healthcare maintenance.
The family will receive a comprehensive written report including
gross and microscopic examination.
Autopsies. Fully independent autopsies providing the cause
and manner of death with medical- legal consultation to families
and attorneys, forensic photography, preservation of toxicology
samples and appropriate medical record review. This includes a
comprehensive report with a gross and microscopic examination,
and in addition, the report will assist the family in finding
closure for the loss of their loved one and will answer questions
concerning acquired and inherited diseases.
Autopsies. A complete Private or Forensic Autopsy providing
cause and manner of death.
Observer Autopsies. GPMG professionals are often asked to
represent the interests of the family when the Coroner or Medical
Examiner has ordered an autopsy on their loved one. A GPMG physician
will attend and observe the Coroner/Medical Examiner autopsy and
then prepare an independent comprehensive report to include gross
and microscopic examination.
When the Coroner/Medical Examiner has already performed an
autopsy, or an autopsy has been performed in a hospital, families
often seek a re-examination or re-autopsy to ensure an independent
opinion. GPMG professionals are ready to provide this service
with an independent comprehensive autopsy report to include gross
and microscopic examination.
Services. Testing of blood, urine, body fluids or tissues
for illicit and prescription drugs in determining the cause and
manner of death.
Services. Post-mortem neurological examination of the central
and peripheral nervous system for diagnosis and confirmation of
such diseases as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis,
etc., by a Board Certified Neuropathologist.
Counseling. Counseling families regarding inheritable diseased
Report and Medical Record Review. Providing medical opinion
on standard of care, correct diagnosis, adequacy of care, and
cause and manner of death. GPMG has qualified clinical experts
with forensic experience to provide opinions on the standard of
care and correlate the clinical and autopsy findings.
Malpractice / Wrongful Death Investigation. GPMG fact-finding
research can help determine if cause and manner of death circumstances
suggest possible medical malpractice. We can do a complete autopsy
for your client or review the autopsy results if an autopsy has
already been done by the hospital or Medical Examiner/coroner.
Scene Investigation. Expert independent investigations are
conducted to answer the most important questions. GPMG has experienced,
seasoned private investigators who are ready to assist when needed.
Medical Opinion Services. GPMG pathologists are experts in
deposition and trial testimony for both civil and criminal cases,
having extensive experience in each.
Case Management and Final Outcome. GPMG assigns a manager
to follow your case from beginning to end. The case manager will
ensure the autopsy findings are fully explained and all questions
pathologists are board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, Forensic
and Neuropathology, with consultants available in Hemopathology,
Pulmonary Pathology, Liver Pathology, Cardiovascular Pathology
and Pediatric Pathology. We are also leaders in the development
and use of computer and video imaging technologies for pathological
and other medical purposes.
here for a full resume on the GPMG professional staff.
is an autopsy?
An autopsy is a surgical procedure that entails an invasive examination
in order to determine the cause and manner of death.
provides an autopsy, and who is most qualified to perform an autopsy?
Board Certified Pathologists are the most fully qualified experts
for providing autopsy services. They are specially trained to
recognize the anatomic biochemical changes brought about by disease.
GPMG patholgists board certified?
Yes, GPMG pathologists are board certified in anatomic, clinical,
forensic and neuropathology. All are fully qualified and experienced
in court testimony.
anyone request an autopsy?
Any family member or close friend of the deceased can ask for
an autopsy, but the autopsy must be properly authorized.
can authorize an autopsy?
Only the legal next of kin or individual (family member or non-family
member) with durable power of attorney can authorize an autopsy.
is considered the legal next of kin?
The legal next of kin would be one of the following: parent of
a minor child, surviving spouse, oldest adult child (if both parents
deceased or divorced), and oldest adult sibling (if both parents
the pathologist providing the autopsy responsible for signing
the death certificate?
No, the attending physician who provided medical services
prior to the person's death is responsible for signing the death
certificate. In the event the attending physician doesn't sign
the death certificate, then the coroner or medical examiner takes
does the local jurisdiction order an autopsy?
The Coroner or Medical Examiner deals with cases of sudden, unexpected,
violent or traumatic death. The Coroner or Medical Examiner also
makes the decision on what type of cases involving a natural death
may be placed under their jurisdiction for further investigation.
If the deceased has a significant well-documented medical history,
the Coroner or Medical Examiner will usually release the case
and not perform an autopsy. Each jurisdiction has its own guidelines
and these guidelines vary significantly.
are private autopsies performed?
Autopsy services are performed in a space designated by the funeral
director providing services for the family (preparation room,
autopsy suite/morgue). We also provide an off-site laboratory-morgue
facility if needed.
an autopsy affect funeral arrangements?
No, there is no change in the appearance of the body following
the autopsy. Working with your funeral director, GPMG will attempt
to schedule the autopsy so as not to affect funeral arrangements.
performs the autopsy?
A GPMG Board certified Forensic pathologist conducts and administers
the autopsy from start to finish. GPMG never subcontracts to other
should an autopsy be done?
Coroner and Medical Examiner guidelines must be followed in each
jurisdiction. However, even if not called for by law, an autopsy
is always recommended. Any and all questions related to the death
can be investigated. Even where there were no questions, autopsies
often reveal useful information to help the family better deal
with their loss. An autopsy also forestalls questions that may
arise after burial or cremation, and the autopsy often discloses
vital information, such as the status of inheritable diseases,
that will assist surviving family members with their health care.
We suggest you consult with a GPMG representative who can help
the casket have to be closed because of an autopsy?
Absolutely not! An autopsy is a precision surgical procedure.
The incisions made on the body are not visible when the deceased
is clothed and placed in the casket. GPMG takes every measure
to care and respect the body so as not to create problems for
embalming and viewing by paying meticulous attention to blood
vessel integrity and preservation.
much does an autopsy cost?
Autopsy fees begin at $2,500, and this may include forensic photography;
preservation of toxicology samples; reviewing appropriate medical
records, investigative and police reports; and interfacing with
the family's attorney.
There are additional fees for travel expenses outside of the Los
Angeles area and for specialized services such as toxicology,
neuropathology examination, and specialized diagnostic techniques
and consultations. Contact a GPMG consultant for full details.
should an autopsy be performed?
The autopsy should be performed as soon as possible after death.
When the deceased is refrigerated decomposition is slowed and
a brief delay of several days usually will not interfere with
the autopsy results.
an autopsy be performed if the body has been embalmed?
Absolutely! The autopsy should be performed on an unembalmed
body for the best outcome; however, if there will be a long delay
(beyond one week) between death and the autopsy, then embalming
is recommended. Embalming preserves the body tissues, but be aware
that it does interfere with many of the toxicology studies.
soon after an autopsy is the report ready?
Verbal preliminary findings are given to the authorizing family
member or individual within 24 to 48 hours following completion
of the autopsy. A full written report is usually completed and
mailed in 4 to 6 weeks. If there are special procedures requested
such as toxicology, neuropathology etc; the written report may
take up to 12 weeks. GPMG personnel will go over the report with
the requesting party and answer any questions.
Medical Group, Inc
David M. Posey, MD
2222 Foothill Blvd.
La Cañada, CA 91011
Tel: (800) 620-4644
Fax: (818) 249-1941
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