Autopsy provides tangible and psychological benefits to the family of the deceased. Finding out the exact cause of death is often required for insurance claims. Genetic or environmental causes of disease that may affect others related to the deceased may be revealed by an autopsy.
Autopsy aids in finding out missed diagnoses and help in preventing repetition of these medical errors in future cases. Thus it helps in improving the quality of medical care for other similar patients. Mortality statistics can be created. Death certificates in the absence of autopsy findings often yield inaccurate data.