Forensic Pathologist Law and Legal Definition

A forensic pathologist is a medical professional who specializes in determining the cause of death. S/he is a medical doctor who has completed training in anatomical pathology and who has subsequently sub-specialized in forensic pathology. In the U.S., a forensic pathologist typically complete at least one year of additional training after completing an anatomical pathology residency and having passed the board examination administered by the American Board of Pathology.

The following is an example of a case law on forensic pathologist :

It is the duty of a forensic pathologist to answer two basic questions: what was the cause of death, and what was the manner of death? A forensic pathologist may testify as to what caused the victim's injuries and what trauma the injuries would produce. A forensic pathologist may also testify concerning the victim's wounds, suffering, and the means of infliction if the injury falls within the bounds of the expertise. [Brown v. State, 33 So. 3d 1134, 1138 (Miss. Ct. App. 2009)].