Sudden Death and the Coroner
CORONER'S POST MORTEM AND INQUESTS
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Who is the Coroner?
When are deaths reported to Coroners?
Deaths due to 'accidents'
When can a death be registered?
What is a post mortem? What are special examinations?
Do all cases referred to the coroner require a post mortem?
Can coroner's and consented post mortems be objected to or limited?
When is the post mortem done?
Can my relative be seen before and after a coroner's post mortem?
Will organs or tissue be retained after post mortem and special examinations?
Are pathologists' reports available after coroners' post mortem and special examinations?
When can the funeral be arranged?
What is the relationship between the coroner and the police?
What is an inquest?
Who will be at the inquest?
Can questions be asked at an inquest?
Inquest Records -
Notes of Evidence
Prevention of Further Deaths
Medical Records -
Access to Health Records Act 1990
Making a claim for compensation in the civil courts
Complaints about coroners' decisions or verdicts
Complaints about the conduct of a coroner or coroner's officer
Complaints about a doctor, hospital staff or clinical treatment
Specialist contacts for sudden death support and guidance
Contacts for bereavement support and counselling
Government Department and other agency addresses