Medico Legal Guidelines

The Following Category of Cases Should be Made as M.L.C.

  1. All injury cases, circumstances of which suggests commission of offence by someone.
  2. All burn injuries due to any cause.
  3. All vehicular, railway, aeroplane, ship, boat, factory, construction site or other unnatural accidents where there is likelihood of death or grievous hurt.
  4. Suspected or evident homicide, suicide including attempted.
  5. Suspected or evident poisoning.
  6. Suspected or evident sexual assaults.
  7. Suspected or evident criminal abortion.
  8. Unconscious cases where the cause is not natural or not clear.
  9. Cases brought dead with improper history creating suspicion of an offence.
  10. Cases referred by Courts or otherwise for age estimation.
  11. Dead on arrival cases, or patients who die shortly after being brought to the Casualty and before a definite diagnosis could be made.
  12. Any other case not falling under the above mentioned category but has legal implications.
  13. Patients dying suddenly after parenteral administration of a drug or medication.
  14. Patient falling down or any mishap in the Hospital, sustaining injury in the Hospital.
  15. Death on Operation table.
  16. Unexplained death after surgery or Interventional procedure.
  17. Unexplained ICU death.
  18. Patient treated and then referred from a private hospital or other Government hospital with complications of surgery or delivery or bleeding, where the cause of death is unexplained.
  19. Relatives of the patient assault the treating doctor or other staff of the hospital.
  20. Relatives of the patient create a law and order problem in the hospital.

When an autopsy is contemplated, these guidelines are to be followed to decide whether a Pathological or Medicolegal (Forensic) autopsy is to be requested:

  1. Pathological Autopsy is to be requested when death is due to unexplained disease process or in cases that are rare or in cases which have academic interest.
  2. Medicolegal (Forensic) Autopsy is to be requested in the above mentioned 1 to 20 circumstances.
 

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