Sec. 7. (a) If the circumstances suggest that the death was caused by other than natural causes or a person dies or is declared dead in an emergency department and the emergency physician, who is the physician last in attendance, is uncertain as to the cause and manner of death, the following individual shall refer the case to the coroner for investigation:

(1) The emergency department physician, upon consultation with an attending physician, if available.

Terms Used In Indiana Code 16-37-3-7

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
(2) If there is no emergency department physician, the attending physician.

(3) If 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.

[Pre-1993 Recodification Citation: 16-1-17-5.]

As added by P.L.2-1993, SEC.20. Amended by P.L.67-2016, SEC.1.