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    Why is the Medical Examiner involved?

    What constitutes a “Medical Examiner” case and why is the medical examiner’s office involved?

    Article 49.25 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure clearly defines which cases fall under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner including sudden, unexpected, violent, unnatural, unattended and other deaths affecting the public interest.  In such cases, it is the medical examiner’s statutory obligation to conduct an inquest, or investigation, into the reportable death.  However, the medical examiner’s office does not provide an autopsy service for hospitals or physicians and does not perform autopsies to support civil litigation matters.

     

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