Medical examinations are carried out to help the Coroner determine the cause of a person’s death. Even if the cause of death seems obvious , it is very important that the Coroner is able to investigate exactly what happened. The deceased may have had a medical condition that was not obvious during his/ her life. If the Coroner deems an a post mortem necessary he/ she will explain to the next of kin the process and will answer any questions they may have.
The usefulness of a post mortem examination is that it can provide detailed information about the person’s health and condition in order to explain the various factors that may have contributed to the person’s death.
A post mortem (or autopsy) is ordered by the Coroner to ensure that he or she can deliver a balanced, accurate finding regarding the cause of death.