Coroner’s will make whatever inquiries are necessary to find out the cause of death, this includes ordering a post-mortem examination, obtaining witness statements and medical records, or holding an inquest.
Sudden or Unexpected Death
The issuing of the medical certificate is usually straight-forward, but if the death was sudden or unexpected, the Coroner may need to establish the cause and will arrange for a firm of funeral directors to remove the body for a post-mortem to be carried out.
Once this has been carried out, the funeral arrangements can take place.
Deaths reported to a Coroner
A death is reported to a Coroner in the following situations:
- a doctor did not treat the person during their last illness
- a doctor did not see or treat the person for the condition from which they died within 28 days of death
- the cause of death was sudden, violent or unnatural such as an accident, or suicide
- the cause of death was murder
- the cause of death was an industrial disease of the lungs such as asbestosis
- the death occurred in any other circumstances that may require investigation