Medical Examiners’ Mistakes at Center of Lawsuit, P. 4

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We are still talking about North Carolina’s medical examiners. Testimony given at a recent hearing held by the North Carolina Industrial Commission highlights some of the shortcomings of the current system, and lawmakers are wondering if the state should consider a more sophisticated approach. The current system, revolving around state-appointed county medical examiners, may have
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Medical Examiners’ Mistakes at Center of Lawsuit, P. 2

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We are talking about medical examiners in North Carolina. The medical examiner is the first step in a death investigation, really. As we said in our last post, it is the medical examiner who officially designates a death a suicide or a homicide, a natural or an accidental death or “undetermined.” That designation alone can have
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Medical Examiners’ Mistakes at Center of Lawsuit

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North Carolina did away with coroners more than 45 years ago. Coroners did not have to have any medical expertise to do their jobs, a shortcoming when it came to investigating causes of death. The state adopted a new system that used medical examiners instead. Recently, officials, including a former chief medical examiner, are wondering
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No Manslaughter Conviction for Driver in 2011 Fatal Bus Crash

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In March 2011, the nation was riveted as the story of a horrific tour bus accident unfolded. The passengers were returning from an all-night gambling outing when the driver apparently dozed off at the wheel. The bus swerved, hit the guardrail, toppled onto its side and hit a sign pole. The bus was going fast
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