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Florida Statutes 406.11 - Examinations, investigations, and autopsies

Florida Statutes > Chapter 406 > Part I > 406.11

Current as of: 2012
   (1) In any of the following circumstances involving the death of a human being, the medical examiner of the district in which the death occurred or the body was found shall determine the cause of death and shall, for that purpose, make or have performed such examinations, investigations, and autopsies as he or she shall deem necessary or as shall be requested by the state attorney:
   (a) When any person dies in the state:
   1. Of criminal violence.
   2. By accident.
   3. By suicide.
   4. Suddenly, when in apparent good health.
   5. Unattended by a practicing physician or other recognized practitioner.
   6. In any prison or penal institution.
   7. In police custody.
   8. In any suspicious or unusual circumstance.
   9. By criminal abortion.
   10. By poison.
   11. By disease constituting a threat to public health.
   12. By disease, injury, or toxic agent resulting from employment.
   (b) When a dead body is brought into the state without proper medical certification.
   (c) When a body is to be cremated, dissected, or buried at sea.
   (2)(a) The district medical examiner shall have the authority in any case coming under subsection (1) to perform, or have performed, whatever autopsies or laboratory examinations he or she deems necessary and in the public interest to determine the identification of or cause or manner of death of the deceased or to obtain evidence necessary for forensic examination.
   (b) The Medical Examiners Commission shall adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 120, providing for the notification of the next of kin that an investigation by the medical examiner's office is being conducted. A medical examiner may not retain or furnish any body part of the deceased for research or any other purpose which is not in conjunction with a determination of the identification of or cause or manner of death of the deceased or the presence of disease or which is not otherwise authorized by this chapter, part V of chapter 765, or chapter 873, without notification of and approval by the next of kin.
   (3) The Medical Examiners Commission may adopt rules incorporating by reference parameters or guidelines of practice or standards of conduct relating to examinations, investigations, or autopsies performed by medical examiners.
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Eugene S. Van Praag: ...
My identical twin died at 66 years old. He appeared to be in perfect health. No doctor examined him, no medical examiner came. The doctor, from afar, signed a death certificare. The body was then dragged to a funeral home, evidently embalmed, and an autopsy requested by the family refused, unless the family paid $5,000 to $10,000, and the family was told that the results of any such autopsy would be inconclusive after embalming. The death certificate will read the cause of death, apparently, as cardiac arrest. It could have been from choking;it could have been from a sleep apnea episode; it could have been from a genetic defect. No one knows, and the doctor and medical examiner's office don't care, particularly because it was the X-mas holiday, and they wanted to go on holiday for themselves. Now, the decedent's children will spend the rest of their lives fearing they have genetic heart trouble. Incidentally, when the family viewed the baody in the casket at the service, the embalmer had left the shirt collar open, and it was evident the funeral home had cut my brother's throat from ear to ear, a wonderful thing for his wife, children, and me to see. In total, no information was given us on
the cause of death that we feel we can depend on. I speak for me: we were conned by the holders of the cards so they could go on their holiday ways.

December 28, 2012
Eugene S. Van Praag: ...
It has come to my attention that the medical examiner's office refused an autopsy, and had a doctor of their choice sign a death certificate. How could this be accomplished without a viewing of the body for cause of death. I understand my nephew was told by someone at the medical examiner's office that no autopsy would be done because the deceased "is 66 years old, not 46". No autopsy for you! Merry X-mas, and buh-bye!!!

December 28, 2012
Eugene S. Van Praag: ...
My identical twin died at 66 years old at his home on December 15, 2012. The Medical Examiner's office hired or found a doctor who would sign a death certificate claiming natural causes. No one, no doctor, no medial examiner, came to the house to decide the cause of death. The body was embalmed, the throat cut from ear to ear in the process, and the collar left open for his wife, children, and me - his identical twin- to see. The Medical Examiner's office is a clandestine, criminal organization.

December 28, 2012
Eugene S. Van Praag: ...
Please post my comments as written.

December 28, 2012

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