When any person dies as a result of criminal or other violent means, by casualty, suicide, suddenly, or in any suspicious or unusual manner, the person in attendance should immediately notify the office of the Coroner of the known facts concerning the time, place, manner and circumstances of the death, and any other information required by the Coroner.
The types of deaths include, but are not limited to:
Accidental deaths at home
Accidental deaths at work - Any deaths that follow injury
Criminal or self-induced abortions
Deaths at any public place
Deaths at home
Deaths at place of employment
Deaths in a hospital emergency room
Deaths in a hospital within 24 hours of admittance
Deaths involving alcoholism or drugs
Deaths occurring within one year and one month of a hip fracture
Deaths when an attending physician is unable to determine the cause
Traffic accident fatalities
Not all of these cases will become coroner cases, but they are all initially reported, and then a decision is made whether the case is released to a doctor for certification on a Medical Certificate of Death, or if the case is thoroughly investigated on a Coroner/Medical Examiner Certificate of Death.