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Things to Know About Death Certificates in Wrongful Death Claims

Posted by attorney Edward Lake

A death certificate may be an important part of your wrongful death claim as a means of proving the cause of death. This document is part of the evidence that can prove negligence in a case of wrongful death, but it's not always accurate or automatically obtained.

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The New York State DOH website has a full explanation of all of the details for obtaining a death certificate in the rest of the state: https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/death.htm

If you’re in NYC, check the city’s website for instructions: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/services/vr-death-general.shtml

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