Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Cremation before Autopsy?

Holly McGowan, of Tavares, Florida, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit following a strange series of events involving her late mother. Joan Elizabeth Ashcraft, McGowan’s mother, passed away after she underwent treatment at a hospital. The woman’s family requested that the coroner perform an autopsy on her body before it was cremated. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that the autopsy was to be conducted in order to determine whether negligence or over-medication were contributing factors to her death.

Funeral Home does not wait for Autopsy

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The listed defendants in the case include the funeral home, the Horry County Coroner Robert Edge, and the Deputy Coroner Christopher Burroughs. The lawyers discussed some of the merits of the case by stating that both Myrtle Beach Funeral Home and the Coroner’s Office, by and through its employee, Deputy Coroner Burroughs, had clear knowledge that they were not to go forward with any cremation procedures until after they heard from Ms. Ashcraft’s family regarding arrangements for an autopsy. This is an unfortunate situation because the family’s motivation was to ensure that the woman was not the victim of medical malpractice. The family is seeking a judgment from a jury that would include actual and punitive damages. Medical malpractice attorneys argue that this family certainly had the right to find out how and why Ashcraft passed away. Without a reliable autopsy, if there was medical malpractice involved, they would not be able to pursue a lawsuit against the hospital and treating health care providers.

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