Unnatural cause of death; coroner’s investigation
Sec. 7. (a) If the circumstances suggest that the death was caused by other than natural causes, the following individual shall refer the case to the coroner for investigation:
(1) The attending physician.
(2) If there is no attending physician or the attending physician has failed to refer the case to the coroner, the local health officer.
(b) The coroner shall report a death coming under the coroner’s supervision upon official death certificate blanks to the health officer having jurisdiction not more than three (3) days after the inquest is held. Another person may not report the death.
As added by P.L.2-1993, SEC.20.
Sec. 8. (a) Except as provided in subsection (c), payment for the cost of an autopsy requested by a party other than the local health official of the county in which the individual died must be made by the party requesting the autopsy.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c), payment for the cost of an autopsy required by the local health officer shall be made from funds appropriated to the local health department.
(c) Except as provided in IC 4-24-4-1, if:
(1) an individual who is a resident of Indiana dies in an Indiana county:
(A) in which at least one (1) air ambulance provider is
(B) of which the individual is not a resident; and
(2) an autopsy is performed on the individual:
(A) in the county in which the individual died; and
(B) under the authority of the county coroner in the discharge of the coroner’s duties;
the county coroner shall bill the county in which the incident occurred that caused the death of the individual on whom the autopsy was performed for the cost of the autopsy.
As added by P.L.2-1993, SEC.20. Amended by P.L.271-2001, SEC.2.