The Deaths Which Should Be Reported
- “D.O.A” (Dead on Arrival at a hospital, nursing home, home or any other place.)
- Sudden or violent death on the street, at home, in a public place or place of employment. The category includes, but is not limited to deaths caused by thermal, traumatic, chemical, electrical or radiation injuries, drowning or suffocation.
- Maternal or fetal death due to criminal abortion, or any death due to a sex crime or a crime against nature.
- Death where addiction to alcohol or drugs may have been a contributory factor.
- Death without medical attendance within the past 30 days.
- Death which has occurred within 30 days of being exposed to a contagious disease.
- Death which has occurred within 24 hours of being hospitalized.
- All deaths in institutions, including: a) mental health; b) penal or correctional; c) all wards of the State’s private care facilities (i.e. all public aid, mental health or developmental disabilities, or Department of Children and Family Services recipients.)
- All deaths where the circumstances are suspicious, obscure or mysterious.
Note: This list serves only as a guideline. If in doubt about any death, contact the office of the coroner.