In the United Kingdom, there is a list of Registered Home Office Pathologists who carry out post-mortem examinations in cases of suspicious death. While they mostly work with police forces and coroners, they also provide high-level expertise to independent forensic providers such as Forensic Access.
Though a pathologist’s role is typically associated with establishing cause of death, their expertise also extends to commentary upon the nature of injury causation in the living. Hence, pathologists can assist in a wide variety of cases including murder, ABH and GBH assaults, sexual offences, child cruelty and domestic abuse. Pathologists help to identify the degree of force used, if whether the injuries are consistent with accounts and when a defendant is charged with attempted murder, to determine if the injury was caused with intention.
Establishing cause of injury and death can require additional input from a diversity of forensic disciplines, from ballistics to toxicology. Because we work within a multidisciplinary team of specialists, this allows us to take a holistic approach and bring the range of disciplines required together.
Pathology investigations can also involve highly specialist forensic skills, such as neuropathology and ophthalmology, and with access to over 350 experienced scientists we can ensure the right team of experts is brought together.
With a multitude of expert witnesses at our fingertips, including those specialising in more niche disciplines, we can provide you with the professional opinion you need. You will have direct access to a team comprising of the right expert witnesses to answer the questions you need answers to.
Forensic Pathology Services
Forensic Access works with some of the UK’s most experienced Home Office Pathologists, as well as offering the complete range of experts for more specialist cases. Our services include:
- Post-mortems and second post-mortems
- Reviewing post-mortem reports
- Neuropathology and other specialist services
- Injury causation
- Paediatric pathology review
Forensic Pathology Expertise
Forensic Access boasts a world-class team of forensic scientists operating in state-of-the-art facilities. All forensic work is carried out to the highest Quality Standards.
All defence work is handled by dedicated Casework Mangers who provide end-to-end support and streamlining. Direct access to our team of scientists helps barristers and solicitors to prepare a more effective defence strategy, and all expert witness reports are thoroughly documented and peer reviewed.
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