Welcome to the Bradley County Medical Examiner's Office. Our Mission is to serve the citizens of Bradley County by determining the cause and manner of those deaths that fall within our jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is determined by the type and manner of death reported. Basically, any unexpected death usually falls within our jurisdiction. Per TN Code 38-7-108, this includes, but is not limited to:
1. Death when not under the care of a physician for a potentially fatal illness.
2. Death of the person when the attending
physician or his/her representative is unable or unwilling to sign the death certificate.
3. Death occurring suddenly when in apparent good health when the cause of death has not been established by medical treatment.
4. Death from violence of any type, regardless of the time elapsed from onset of incident to the time of death.
5. Death related to an overdose of illegal drugs, alcohol or legal medications.
6. All deaths of children without a clear underlying natural cause of death. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a diagnosis of exclusion requiring a complete autopsy. All suspected SIDS deaths MUST be reported to the Medical Examiner.
7. Death occuring in a prison or of a prisoner.
8. Death occuring on the job or related to employment.
9. Death believed to present a public health hazard.
10. Death of a patient of as a result of a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure, a medication error, or adverse, allergic, or toxic reaction to a therapeutic agent.
11. Death of a nursing home or extended care resident when abuse, neglect, or over medication is strongly suspected or confirmed as contributing to death.
12. Death of a fetus greater than 20 weeks gestation and the death is related to an act of violence, maternal substance abuse, or an accident.
13. Death of a person from any cause when their identity is unknown or unclear.
14. Death when cremation of the remains is to be performed.
15. Motor vehicle accidents, homicides, stabbings, altercations, fire, drowning, falls, crushing injuries, and suicides.