When a death is reported to the coroner, the coroner will establish who has died as well as where, when and how the death occurred. If the cause of death is unclear, the coroner will order a post-mortem. Following the post-mortem, the coroner may decide to hold an inquest into the death.
Why would a death be referred to the coroner?
A death will be referred to the coroner if: its unexpected, such as the sudden death of a baby (cot death) its violent, unnatural or suspicious, such as a suicide or drug overdose. its the result of an accident or injury.
What happens to your organs after an autopsy?
At the end of an autopsy, the incisions made in the body are sewn closed. The organs may be returned to the body prior to closing the incision or they may be retained for teaching, research, and diagnostic purposes. It is permissible to ask about this when giving consent for an autopsy to be performed.
Do all deaths go to the coroner?
Coroners cases. A coroners role is to inquire into deaths that are sudden or unexpected, or where the cause of death is unknown. Coronial services in NSW are coordinated by the State Coroner, located in Lidcombe. All magistrates of the local court are coroners.
How long do they keep a body in the morgue?
In many countries, the family of the deceased must make the burial within 72 hours (three days) of death, but in some other countries it is usual that burial takes place some weeks or months after the death. This is why some corpses are kept as long as one or two years at a hospital or in a funeral home.
Do they put your brain back in after an autopsy?
Doctors response. After the organs are examined by the pathologist in their normal anatomical location, the organs to be examined further (usually the organs of the chest and abdomen, and sometimes the brain) are removed for further study.
Can a coroner determine cause of death?
Medical examiners and coroners commonly determine cause and manner of death without an autopsy examination. Some death certificates generated in this way may not state the correct cause and manner of death. Most presumed and actual causes of death were cardiovascular (94% and 80%, respectively).