Villa Rica, GA asked in Federal Crimes, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Georgia

Q: What if the signing doctor put false cause of death on the certificate? Called it an overdose with tests disproving over

Called the persons death a possible overdose when every test came back clean.

1 Lawyer Answer
Ecleynne Mercy
Ecleynne Mercy
  • 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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