Ok, this just might seem to be a bit morbid, but think about it, what and when do you call a medical examiner? When do you report a death, or even how do you go about doing this?

I will attest to watching way too many cold case and FBI reality tv shows, but it gets me thinking. What do you do? You come home and a loved one is no longer alive? Is that when you call the medical examiner?

So, when do you report a death to a medical examiner in New York State?

Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash
Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash

If you are in a situation where you walk in and find a deceased person, odds are that the first person you call is not going to be a ME (medical examiner). Your first call should probably be to the cops. Should you ever need to call a medical examiner, you will need a few things.

What do you need to tell a Medical Examiner in New York State?

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First and foremost, remain calm. The person who has been assigned to collect information on behalf of the Medical Examiner will need the following information:

  • Name of the deceased, Date of birth,
  • Gender, Ethnicity, Home address
  • Next of kin, Date and time of death
  • Medical history, Circumstances of death

Will the Medical Examiner then do an investigation?

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Depending on where the deceased was declared deceased, yes and no. If they passed in a hospital, or if they passed at another location, the determination will be made on a case by case basis.

Another random tip, when you get a copy of the death certificate, get at least 10 copies, as you will need them as proof for insurance, and for financial and government reasons.

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