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death certificate

a legal document issued by a qualified medical practitioner certifying the death of a person and stating the cause if known

death certificate

a certificate issued on the registration of a person's death. First instituted in 1837 in England and Wales, it shows the full name of the person, the date and cause of death, age at death, marital status, and the occupation of the deceased or his/her spouse. Death certificates provide the sociologist with a source of data with which to examine matters such as occupational illness and social-class differences in DEATH RATE. See also BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, PARISH REGISTERS.
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Fortunately, this online program allows our service members, veterans, and their family members to expedite the process to acquire these vital birth and death certificates, while also saving money.
Following the procedure used in previous studies, we divided the errors in death certificate completion into two principal kinds.
Since October 2007, all deaths that occur in Los Angeles County (except those that occur in Long Beach and Pasadena) are recorded by the electronic filing of death certificates into the EDRS at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Sandler, aged 49, of The Crescent, Hamptonin-Arden, admitted signing six death certificates without seeing the bodies between January and May 2008 at Solihull Magistrates' Court in August last year.
The vast majority of alcohol mentions on death certificates - three quarters - were for men.
The death certificate, however, has another vital function--providing the synopsis of the cause and manner of death.
Without the passports, the injured women cannot be taken abroad for further treatment and without the death certificates, there could be no legal or financial follow-up on the deadly blaze.
Unfortunately, I am not willing to drive over to your local cable office just to bring you a copy of a death certificate," he wrote back.
She said that the increase is likely due in part to improvements in reporting methods--including the growing number of states that now link death certificates of women of reproductive age to birth and fetal death certificates, and/or include check boxes on death certificates that indicate a temporal relationship between pregnancy and the death.
Yesterday a Wrexham Maelor Hospital spokesman said: "There was no legal requirement for the bacterial cause of infections to be recorded on the death certificate.
It is likely that not one of the death certificates examined by these researchers contained any suggestion that OSA was the culprit; and nor would any heart attack victim have listed on their death certificate that eating too much steak or ice cream was the cause of their deaths either.
I received a letter stating that the account had been closed, but the death certificate had not been returned.