Since 1974 , PSS has been providing nationwide services for law firms specializing in toxic tort cases. We have been involved in hundreds of cases including but not limited to asbestos exposure, smoking related deaths and chemical exposure.
We can do a complete autopsy on your deceased client or review the autopsy results if an autopsy has already been done by the hospital or Medical Examiner/Coroner. We usually don’t recommend a second autopsy because in most cases what your looking for is gone. A thorough review is the best use of your money, in our opinion.
We are involved in other medical issues from anesthesia to x-rays. We can help with work on a new case, or review an existing case.
- Complete Autopsy – $2,500.00 to $4,500.00 (includes travel)
This includes a gross description of all organ systems and microscopic examination by a board certified pathologist, diagnosis and cause of death if different than that stated on the death certificate. A comprehensive report with a case summary in non-medical terms will be completed in approximately forty-five working days.
- Neuropathology Consult – add $700.00
This includes the above plus a detailed examination of the brain by a board certified neuropathologist. This examination is only needed if there are questions regarding the mental or neurological status of the individual, such as seizure disorder or dementia.
This increases the report completion time to approximately ninety working days.
- Toxicology – add $400.00
This includes the examination of blood and urine for specific prescription drugs.
Toxicology is normally not needed. This increases the report completion time to approximately ninety working days.
- Brain only Autopsy – $1,800.00 to $3,500.00 (includes travel)
This is an acceptable choice if the only questions involve the mental status of the individual, such as the type of dementia involved.
This examination includes a detailed description of the brain with diagnosis and clinicopathological correlation by a board certified neuropathologist. A comprehensive report will be completed in approximately ninety working days.
Tissue collection and partial autopsies for toxic tort cases are time driven. Technician’s time is billed at $200.00/hour,
plus expenses, with a $600.00, plus expenses, minimum and $1500.00/a day, plus expenses, maximum. Pathologist time for case review is billed at $350.00/hour plus expenses (two hour minimum) civil court testimony is billed at $450.00/hour (two hour minimum). Depositions are billed at $300.00/hour (two hour minimum).
The above prices are as of January 1, 2006 and may be subject to change without notice.
Please call for confirmation.
Are your pathologists board certified? Yes all of our pathologists are board certified in anatomic pathology, some are board certified in sub specialties such as clinical, forensic and neuropathology. All are fully qualified and experienced in court testimony.