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Contacting the Coroner/Medical Examiner

Common reasons to contact the coroner/medical examiner:​

  • Death resulting from or where a significant contributing factor is an external event (fire, overdose, choking, unsafe infant sleeping condition). 

  • Death occurring due to accidental poisoning, food, anaphylaxis/adverse reactions, occupational diseases or occupational hazards (workplace incidents). 

  • Deaths of inmates or inpatients of penal state operated institutions – including patients transferred to a hospital or extended care unit. 

  • Deaths of a person who is in the custody of, or ward of, Adult or Child Protective Services (includes foster care). 

  • Deaths occurring within 24 hours of admission to a hospital or healthcare facility without significant medical history. 

**Coroner/Medical Examiner guidelines will differ between jurisdictions.

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