Law firms must submit a written request on their firm letterhead, which should include a mailing address as well as contact phone numbers and fax number. The autopsy summary, coroner verdict, autopsy protocol, toxicology report, photos, and re-cut slides are all items, which may be requested. The remaining contents of the chart may be requested IF the law firm has obtained prior permission from the doctor assigned to the case and the okay must be done in writing prior to the release of the documents (the investigators report is included with these documents and is normally not given). Upon receipt of the firms’ request an invoice will be generated for the documents requested and be faxed or a copy mailed to the firm for payment.
On a written request the wording of “autopsy report” will include the autopsy summary, coroners verdict, and autopsy protocol documents. The wording of “complete autopsy report” will include the previous documents as well as the toxicology report and any photos.
The price for the documents is as follows:
- Autopsy Summary $10.00
- Coroners Verdict $10.00
- Autopsy Protocol/Report $25.00
- Signed Toxicology Report $10.00
- Photos (either printed or on disc) $5.00 each
- Re-cut Microscopic Slides $10.00 each
- Other misc. pages from chart $1.00 per page
Original documents are NEVER sent from the office. A document can be stamped as certified if requested at no charge.
Please do not just send a check.
Submit your request, and wait for an invoice. Send your check in with the invoice number in the notes of the check or with a copy of your invoice so we can match your payment with the request,
Upon receipt of payment, the necessary documents will be faxed to the law firm unless there are photos, slides, or the need for certification, these documents will be mailed. (Re-cut slides are not sent from the office to be created until payment has been received) If payment is received from a law firm and the report is not completed, the request will be maintained until the necessary documents are available to be sent. Law firms must also include with either the original request or payment a signed document from legal next of kin authorizing the release of records. These guidelines also apply to insurance entities, media, and private detectives. A $10.00 recopying charge will be accessed to law firms that claim to have lost the first copy of a report and the second copy will be prepared upon receipt of payment.