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Life insurance policy: is it an indication for inquest?

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AN Vadysinghe ,

Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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AMG Abeysekara,

Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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MDP Gunasena,

Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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RMUC Ratnayake

Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

According to the Code of Criminal Procedure act, an inquest is done to find out the cause and circumstances of death in cases of suicide, deaths caused by animal, machinery or an accident, sudden death or when the cause is not known, and deaths in custody, etc... Sometimes medico-legal autopsy is needed for the further confirmation of the cause of death. However author experiences medico-legal investigation with ancillary investigations is an essential part in some instances, including claiming insurance which is not an indication in death investigation in current practise1. This case report highlights the importance of an inquest and medico-legal autopsy to fulfill the area which needs the relatives of the deceased in claiming the life insurance and it would become a great benefit for both parties, the client and the insurance company.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v3i1.4950

Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law-May 2012-Vol.3 No.1 pp.23-24

Keywords: Life Insurance 
How to Cite: Vadysinghe, A. et al., (2012). Life insurance policy: is it an indication for inquest?. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law. 3(1), pp.23–24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v3i1.4950
Published on 27 Nov 2012.
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