Can I prevent an autopsy from taking place?

The legal next of kin should inform our office if they object to an autopsy being performed. The Medical Examiner’s office is sensitive to the needs of the family and will seriously consider their objection.  However, in many cases an autopsy is required by law and we will be unable to comply with the family’s request.

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1. Why is a body brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office?
2. What is an autopsy?
3. Can I prevent an autopsy from taking place?
4. Will acceptance of a case by the Medical Examiner’s Office mean that organ or tissue donation cannot take place?
5. When will the body be released from the Medical Examiner’s office?
6. Where will the personal property of the deceased by located?
7. What hours are you open?
8. Is there a charge for a Medical Examiner Autopsy?
9. How do I arrange to have the body released?
10. Where do I obtain a copy of the death certificate?
11. How can I get a copy of the autopsy report?
12. Is the Medical Examiner’s Office involved in Hospice death cases?