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The Coroner's Office is required to investigate all sudden, violent, traumatic or unexpected deaths. This includes deaths from apparent “natural diseases” but the individual’s treating physician has no knowledge of an existing medical condition that could credibly have caused the sudden death. Under these circumstances, it becomes the Coroner’s responsibility to determine how and why an individual died. The Coroner is also responsible for assuring the individual’s proper identity and notifying the next of kin. A Coroner’s investigation will always include examination of the deceased, but may or may not include:
When a person dies suddenly or unexpectedly, your first duty is to call 9-1-1 for medical assistance and guidance.
All cremations must be authorized by the Coroner's Office.
There are a number of reasons why autopsies are performed, but the basic reason is to determine how and why an individual died suddenly and/or unexpectedly. This determination may be of great service to the family or a Court of Law.
The next of kin, attorney, or life insurance company must officially request a copy of the autopsy or toxicology report from the Coroner’s Office by completing and mailing in the Coroner Report Request Form along with a check payable to the “Chester County Coroner”.
The funeral director will coordinate the release on your behalf. Generally it only takes 1-2 days .