Reportable Deaths

Deaths referred by law to the Medical Examiner for investigation include:
  • unnatural deaths, including violent deaths arising from homicide, suicide, or accident
  • deaths due to a fire or associated with burns or chemical, electrical, or radiation injury
  • unexplained or unexpected perinatal and postpartum maternal deaths
  • deaths under suspicious, unusual, or unexpected circumstances
  • deaths of persons whose bodies are to be cremated or otherwise disposed of so that the bodies will later be unavailable for examination
  • deaths of inmates of public institutions and persons in custody of law enforcement officers who have not been hospitalized primarily for organic disease
  • deaths that occur during, in association with, or as the result of diagnostic, therapeutic, or anesthetic procedures
  • deaths due to culpable neglect
  • stillbirths of 20 weeks or longer gestation unattended by a physician
  • sudden deaths of persons not affected by recognizable disease
  • unexpected deaths of persons notwithstanding a history of underlying disease
  • deaths in which a fracture of a major bone such as a femur, humerus, or tibia has occurred within the past six months
  • deaths unattended by a physician occurring outside of a licensed health care facility or licensed residential hospice program
  • deaths of persons not seen by their physician within 120 days of demise
  • deaths of persons occurring in an emergency department
  • stillbirths or deaths of newborn infants in which there has been maternal use of or exposure to unprescribed controlled substances including street drugs or in which there is history or evidence of maternal trauma
  • unexpected deaths of children
  • solid organ donors
  • unidentified bodies
  • skeletonized remains
  • deaths occurring within 24 hours of arrival at a health care facility if death is unexpected
  • deaths associated with the decedent’s employment
  • deaths of nonregistered hospice patients or patients in nonlicensed hospice programs
  • deaths attributable to acts of terrorism