Atlanta, GA asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Georgia

Q: falsification of a death certificate.

The doctor repeated told us there was nothing in my mother’s system and that to me disproves overdose. Well they put possible overdose on her death certificate. Took them 4 days of tests and trying to find what she overdosed on(nothing) before they moved on to other causes of her unresponsiveness. Then on the fourth day found out she was brain damaged. She was found on her floor in a very unnatural position that was cutting off oxygen to the brain.

1 Lawyer Answer
Ecleynne Mercy
Ecleynne Mercy
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: A death certificate serves as evidence only of (1) the death itself and (2) the immediate agency (reason) of the death. Other conclusions, such as those regarding the events leading up to the death or whether the cause of death was intentional or accidental, are not admissible. Swanson v. State, 216 Ga. App. 1, 453 S.E.2d 78 (1994)

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