The following information has been compiled for the purpose
of acquainting individuals and organizations with the procedures to be followed
when they come in contact with the types of deaths described below. Conformity with these procedures will prevent unnecessary
delay and inconvenience to the family, friends, and those persons having any
responsibility to and for the deceased.
Case of Death by Violence or Suicide
Any person who discovers the body or acquires the first
knowledge of the death of any person who died as the result of criminal or
other violent means, or by casualty, or by suicide, or suddenly when in
apparent health, or in any suspicious of unusual manner, shall immediately
notify the Coroner ‘s office of the known facts concerning the time, place,
manner and circumstances of such death, and of any other information which is
required by the Coroner.
Any person D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival) at hospitals, these
cases are to be reported immediately and no person shall, without an order from
the Coroner, willfully touch, remove, disturb the body or disturb the clothing
or any article upon or near such body.
This includes any death which occurs within twenty-four hours after
Physician in Case of Death by Violence or Suicide
When any person dies as a result of criminal or other
violent means, or by casualty, or by suicide, or suddenly when in apparent
health, or in any suspicious or unusual manner the physician called in
attendance shall immediately notify the office of the coroner of the known
facts concerning the time, place, manner and circumstances of such death and if
request is made for cremation, the funeral director called in attendance shall
immediately notify the Coroner.
Report to the Coroner’s Office
Accidental Deaths (All Forms, including death
arising from employment)
When in apparent health or in any suspicious or unusual manner
Anesthetic Accident (Death on the operating
table prior to recovery from anesthesia.)
Blows or other forms of mechanical violence
Crushed beneath falling objects
Cutting or Stabbing
Drowning (actual or suspected)
of bones (not pathological). Such cases
are to be reported even when the fracture is not primarily responsible for the
death. All hip fractures, if patient
dies within one year and one month are considered a Coroner’s Case and the
Coroner must be notified.
monoxide poisoning (resulting from natural gas, automobile exhaust or other).
(food poisoning, occupational or other)
(foreign object in bronchi, by bed clothing or other means).
Accidents (automobile, street car, bus, railroad, motorcycle, bicycle or
When the manner of death falls within the above
classification, such death must be reported to the Coroner even though the
survival period subsequent to onset is 12 months.
Sudden death on the street, at home, in a public
place of employment
Deaths under unknown circumstances, whenever
there are no witnesses or where little or no information can be elicited concerning
the deceased person. Deaths of this type
include those persons whose dead bodies are found in the open, in places of
temporary shelter, or in their home under conditions which offer no clues to
the cause of death.
Deaths which follow injuries sustained at place of employment whenever the
circumstances surrounding such injury may ultimately be subject of
investigation. Deaths of this
classification include: Caisson disease
(bends), industrial infections (anthrax, septicemia following wounds including
gas bacillus infections, tetanus, etc.), silicosis, industrial poisonings
(acids, alkalis, aniline, bensine, carbon monoxide, carbon tetrachloride,
cyanogens, lean, nitrous fumes, etc.), contusions, abrasions, fractures, burns,
(flames, chemical or electrical) received during employment which in the
opinion of the attending physician are sufficiently important, either as the
cause or contributing factor to the cause of death, to warrant certifying them
on the death certificate.
All stillborn infants where there is suspicion of illegal interference.
6. Deaths of persons where the attending
physician cannot be found, or deaths of persons who have not been attended by a
physician within 48 hours prior to the date of death.
7. All deaths occurring within 24 hours of
admission to a hospital.
8. All hip fractures, if the patient dies within
one year and one month, will be a Coroners case and the Coroner must be
9. All deaths in State institutions and all
deaths of wards of the State in private care facilities or in programs funded
by the Department of mental health and Development Disabilities or the
Department of Children and Family Services shall be reported to the Coroner of
the County in which the facility is located.
If the Coroner has reason to believe that an investigation is needed to
determine whether the death was caused by maltreatment or negligent care of the
ward of the State, the Coroner may conduct a preliminary investigation other
circumstances of such death as in cases of death under circumstances set forth
in the Illinois complied Statutes.
Any deaths which occur within Douglas
County and not at a
hospital or nursing home facility (at any residence, employer, and/or public
facility) will immediately be reported to the Coroner.
deaths in Douglas
County where a cremation
of the remains is to take place.
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