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Who is a Medical Examiner?
A Medical Examiner is a medical doctor, usually a Forensic Pathologist. The Medical Examiner certifies the cause and manner of death, based on his/her expert opinion following an investigation and medical examination. This examination may include an autopsy and laboratory tests such as toxicology. The medical examiner also completes a report and creates a file for each decedent to document his/her findings in a lasting way. The Medical Examiner's team consists of many other individuals, who assist in various ways with the investigation, administrative tasks, and autopsies. These individuals include Forensic Technicians, Investigators, Office Specialists, Transcriptionists, and Managers.

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1. What cases should be reported to the Medical Examiner Office?
2. Who is a Medical Examiner?
3. What is the difference between a Medical Examiner and a Coroner?
4. What is Forensic Pathology?
5. Who is a Forensic Pathologist?
6. How is jurisdiction determined?
7. What is an autopsy?
8. Can I stop an autopsy?
9. Is there a charge for an autopsy?
10. Under what circumstances is an autopsy performed or not performed?
11. How do I request an autopsy report?
12. How do I request a death certificate?
13. How can I request a correction to a death certificate?
14. May I view my loved one at the Medical Examiner's Office?
15. What is the process for claiming my loved one’s body?
16. How can I retrieve my loved one’s personal property?
17. What is the Medical Examiner's Office role in organ and tissue donation?
18. What if a decedent has no next-of-kin or the body is not claimed?