Ask Jennings.ie: Who May read a Post Mortem Report?
In the event of a Post Mortem, once the examination of the deceased has been carried out by a pathologist to the satisfaction of the Coroner, the Coroner will make the findings available as soon as possible.
The post mortem report gives details of the examination of the body as well as any laboratory tests which have been carried out. The deceased’s doctor is informed in writing of the medical cause of death, and will be sent a copy of the report.
The next-of-kin will also be advised when the report has been received by the doctor-or they can order a copy from the Coroner themselves. The report contains medical terminology and is quite complex, so it’s useful to have the help of the doctor to ensure the report is fully understood.
The Coroner may also make the post mortem report available to a person who has a ‘proper interest’. These may include:
- Other relatives of the deceased
- Executors of the deceased’s will or person appointed as the deceased’s personal representative
- Solicitors acting for the next-of-kin
- Insurers with a relevant interest
Others who the Coroner feels have a proper interest, notably if the death resulted from an accident at work may be:
- Representatives of trade unions
- Employer of the deceased
- Inspector of the Health & Safety Authority, The Garda Ombudsman, Road Safety Authority, Air Accident Investigation Unit, Railway Safety Commission etc.
Once you call Jennings on 01 855 5511 and ask us to assist in the funeral of the deceased, we an act on your behalf in obtaining information for you, liaising with the Coroner’s Office, and helping you establish a realistic timeframe for, as well as details of, the funeral.
For further information please see www.jennings.ie