The Science of Interpreting Injuries
Forensic pathologists are most frequently called upon to opinion on injuries found in the deceased. However, given their experience in injury interpretation and mechanisms responsible for producing injuries, they are also consulted regarding injuries on the living.
Pathology is a Critical Aspect of our Forensic Investigations
We are firm believers in the value of pathology expertise in the forensic science tool bag. It’s obvious how pathology is relevant in cause-of-death cases. However, pathology expertise is also invaluable when consulting and reviewing cases from our firearms, crime scene, and DNA casework.
Unlike many other private crime labs, our crime lab employs two forensic pathologists (Drs. Terri Haddix and Katherine Raven) with extensive forensic autopsy experience. Drs. Haddix and Raven frequently collaborate with our other analysts (i.e. criminalists, DNA analysts, etc). Both of our pathologists have been qualified as experts in forensic pathology, injury interpretation, and injury production.
Each of our pathologists holds board certifications by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and forensic pathology; Dr. Raven is also board-certified in clinical pathology. Dr. Haddix has received subspecialty training in neuropathology (disease processes involving the brain, spinal cord, skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve) and is also board-certified in neuropathology.
Our Pathology and Neuropathology Services include:
- Review of autopsy report and photographs, police reports, medical records, scene photographs (all death-related documentation)
- Microscopic slide review
- Neuropathology examinations
- Consultation with clients in all aspects of death investigation
- Consultation with our analysts or with outside analysts
- Trial/hearing/deposition preparation and testimony