A new tool for med-mal cases?

Autopsies are far from routine, but a new technology could change that, according to a health blurb on WYPR’s “Maryland Morning” today.

CT autopsies are less expensive than surgical autopsies, take next to no time and involve no mutilation of the body, but can yield a wealth of information on just how effective a treatment was and on other conditions that were present at the time of death, the report said.

The radio host didn’t mention it, but it seems to me this could have vast implications for med-mal and wrongful death litigation, both for the plaintiff and defense bar. Lawyers, what do you think?

On the other hand, if the admissibility of fingerprint evidence is still a matter of dispute, what chance does a CT autopsy have?

BARBARA GRZINCIC, Managing Editor/Law