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23-1072 - Autopsy in death claims; effect of refusal by claimant
23-1072. Autopsy in death claims; effect of refusal by claimant
A. On filing a claim for compensation for death from an industrial injury or occupational disease where in the opinion of the commission it is necessary to ascertain accurately and scientifically the cause of death, an autopsy may be ordered by the commission upon request of an interested party and notice to the employer to be made by a qualified pathologist designated by the commission. Any interested person may designate a duly licensed physician to attend such autopsy, and the findings of the pathologist performing the autopsy shall be filed with the commission and shall be a public record.
B. All proceedings for compensation shall be suspended upon refusal of a claimant or claimants to permit the autopsy when so ordered.
C. Where an autopsy has been performed pursuant to an order of the commission, no action shall lie against any person, firm or corporation for participating in or requesting such autopsy.