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What cases should be reported to the Medical Examiner Office?
These guidelines are intended to assist in determining what constitutes a Coroner/Medical Examiner Death Case and how to report a case.Reporting Guidelines

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1. What cases should be reported to the Medical Examiner Office?
2. Who is a Medical Examiner?
3. What is the difference between a Medical Examiner and a Coroner?
4. What is Forensic Pathology?
5. Who is a Forensic Pathologist?
6. How is jurisdiction determined?
7. What is an autopsy?
8. Can I stop an autopsy?
9. Is there a charge for an autopsy?
10. Under what circumstances is an autopsy performed or not performed?
11. How do I request an autopsy report?
12. How do I request a death certificate?
13. How can I request a correction to a death certificate?
14. May I view my loved one at the Medical Examiner's Office?
15. What is the process for claiming my loved one’s body?
16. How can I retrieve my loved one’s personal property?
17. What is the Medical Examiner's Office role in organ and tissue donation?
18. What if a decedent has no next-of-kin or the body is not claimed?