Why could a death be referred to the coroner?

There are many circumstances that could result in a death being referred to the coroner.                Some of the most common reasons would be if:

  • The cause of death is unknown
  • The deceased was not seen by a doctor within the 14 days before death.
  • The death was violent or unnatural or was suspicious
  • The death may be due to an accident
  • The death may be due to self-neglect or neglect by others
  • The death may be due to an industrial disease or related to the deceased’s employment
  • The death may be due to an abortion
  • The death occurred during an operation or before recovery from the effects of an anaesthetic
  • The death may be a suspected suicide
  • The death occurred during or shortly after detention in police or prison custody