The Texas Supreme Court has decided, in the case of Christus Health Gulf Coast v. Carswell, that a hospital-provided autopsy falls under the scope of the state’s medical liability statute. The plaintiff, Linda Carswell, alleged that professionals at Christus St. Catherine Hospital in Katy, Tex., defrauded her by refusing to request that an autopsy for her husband—who died as a hospital inpatient—be performed by the county medical examiner’s office. The autopsy was instead performed by a hospital-contracted pathology group. Carswell’s attorneys alleged this was done as part of an effort to hide some medical error-related cause of death.
My lede to an item in this month’s “Put It on the Board” section. The whole shebang.