|Term: 4 years
Job Description: To determine the cause of death of every person who dies by criminal or violent means, by casualty, suicide, or unusual manner.
Question: Just what purpose does a county coroner serve?
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|Paul M. Matus
90 Fairway Dr.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Education: Oberlin College 1972 BA. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 1976 MD. Grant Medical Center Residency 1979.
Training and Experience:In practice 25 years.
|Response to Question:His duty is to speak for the dead. In Ohio, coroners are required to be physicians and to be available twenty-four hours a day to conduct death investigations. Ohio Law requires that coroners investigate deaths due to violence, accident, homicide, or suicide; deaths which occurred in a suspicious or unusual manner while in custody, and deaths which happened unexpectedly when the decedent was in apparently good health. As a result of the complexities of modern day society and pitfalls of litigation, the coroner cannot afford to overlook any detail. He must utilize many new forensic technologies and death investigation techniques to assure valid conclusions concerning the circumstances and cause of a death. Today, the citizens and the legal system to not want to know just the cause and manner of death but also who, what, where, when and why, which frequently can only be determined by the coroner.