Volume 19, Issue 2 (April 1974)
Effect of the Manner of Death in Medicolegal Cases on Insurance Settlements Involving Double Indemnity
The purpose of this study was to determine whether any problem areas exist concerning the certification of manner of death and insurance settlements. The manners of death under consideration are mainly those in which there is a question of natural death versus accidental death. Many of these deaths have a self-contributory factor, and the inquiry was directed to the following questions: 1. How much uniformity exists among the opinions of medical examiners as to the manner of death? 2. Is the manner of death as listed on the death certificate accepted without reservation by insurance companies responsible for settlements? 3. If it is not accepted, how is manner of death determined for the purpose of insurance settlement?