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Why is the Coroner involved in the death of my loved one?

The following is a list of deaths the Coroner is required to investigate:
  1. Suspected Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  2. Physician unable to state cause if death
  3. Known or suspected homicide
  4. Known or suspected suicide
  5. Death involving any criminal action
  6. Related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal action
  7. Following an accident or injury (primary or contributory). Deaths known or suspected as a result in whole or in part from or related to an accident or injury whether old or recent
  8. Drowning, fire, hanging, gunshot, stabbing, exposure, acute alcoholism, drug addiction, strangulation, aspiration or malnutrition
  9. Accidental poisoning (food, chemical, drug, therapeutic agents).
  10. Occupational diseases or occupational hazards
  11. All death where patients are under anesthesia
  12. All death of unidentified persons

By far the largest segment of deaths investigated by the Coroner are determined to be natural.

Natural deaths include people who have no attending physician to sign the death certificate. It is also composed of those individuals who die suddenly and unexpectedly, even though a physician has seen them recently. They include individuals who have affected their health by the use of drugs or alcohol.

All deaths of inmates while incarcerated or when the eventual cause of death is found to have originated while the victim was incarcerated are types of deaths that are investigated by the Coroner.

Deaths of individuals who die of disease that might constitute a threat to public health are reviewed.

The Coroner must review deaths of persons whose bodies are to be cremated, buried at sea, transported out of state, or are otherwise unavailable for pathological study.

Deaths of transplant surgery donors that are the result of some type of trauma are reviewed.