When a loved one passes away in a hospital or nursing home, those they leave behind often struggle with many different hardships. From emotional pain to financial issues and estate-related concerns, this can be a very hard time for an entire family. Moreover, some may have questions about their loved one’s death. For example, they may suspect that a negligent medical professional was responsible for their death and want answers. One way this can be done is by having an autopsy performed, but some people wonder whether they are able to do so. 

According to the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, those who have lost a loved one can find answers to questions they have about their loved one’s death by having an autopsy performed. While family members are able to request an autopsythey must be authorized before an investigation will be conducted. In some instances, autopsies are ordered, and family members cannot object to the investigation. If you are able to have an autopsy authorized, you will be able to obtain a copy of the results, which could help you develop a better understanding of why your loved one passed away (and you may need to take further action if someone caused their death). 

Unfortunately, many lives have been lost as a result of negligent medical professionals and nursing home workers, and their wrongdoing has been swept under the rug. It is imperative for those who cause others to pass away because of their reckless behavior to be held fully accountable, and having an autopsy performed is one way to ensure that those responsible will not get off the hook for what they have done.