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What is the difference between a Coroner and a Medical Examiner?

Asked by Deborah , Last updated: Mar 16, 2021

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L. Hawkes

L. Hawkes

L. Hawkes
L. Hawkes, Teacher, Memphis

Answered Jun 11, 2020

A coroner deals only with dead people. Coroners have certain jurisdictions, and they are responsible for proving the cause of death. The cause of death could be anything from suicide, a car accident, or a fire.

The coroner would need to examine the body and prove how the person died. In the instance of criminal deaths, the coroner may also be forced to testify in court about the findings they found during their work with the body.

A medical examiner also deals with death, but they only work in specific fields like military, government, and medical schools. Between the two, only a medical examiner is required to have a degree. They must have their bachelor's, medical degree, residency, and licenses.

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G. Deacon

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G. Deacon, Civil Engineer, B.E(Bachelor of Engineering), Trenton, New Jersey

Answered Jun 09, 2020

A coroner is a person that has the responsibility of confirming the mortality in his jurisdiction and collecting the crown share in the estate. Presently, the work of a coroner is to prove a violent or an unexpected death accident, poisoning, suicide, or negligence. The inquisition of a coroner is also essential in cases where there is a suspicious circumstance surrounding a person's death or a scenario of a fatal disease posing a threat to the masses' health or the death of a person in government custody. A coroner must be matured enough, and must also be a citizen of the United States as well as the resident of the region where he works.

Conversely, a medical examiner can work in the military, hospitals, medical schools, being employed by the government. Medical examiner act as expert witnesses, conduct clinical tests, and perform autopsies in cases involving undetermined death or violence. To qualify as a medical examiner, you must have obtained your bachelor's degree, medical degree, pathology residency, forensic pathology fellowship, and also obtain some certifications and licenses.

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