The attending physician is unable or unwilling to certify the cause of death.
The attending physician has not been in actual attendance within 30 days prior to death.
*aAll cases in which trauma may be associated with the death, such as traffic accidents, gunshots, falls, etc. This includes inpatients who have sustained fractures anytime in the past.
*aDeaths by poisoning, suspected poisoning, chemical or bacteria, industrial hazardous material or radiation.
*aAll industrial accidents.
*aKnown or suspected suicides.
*aDeaths due to contagious disease.
*aDeaths due to self induced or unexplained abortion.
*aOperating room deaths and deaths that occur during a medical procedure.
*aAll unexplained deaths (deaths that occur in a healthy individual.)
*aDeaths that occur within 24 hours of admission to a hospital or nursing care facility.
*aDeaths in the custody of law enforcement.
*aDeaths of persons in the care of a public institution.
The investigation of a death by the Coroners Office is an extremely important function as it is done by an independent agency who does not work for the law enforcement agency, the physician, the nursing home, the hospital, the prosecution or the defense, but works on behalf of the deceased to obtain the truth about their death.