Medical Examiner

Dr. Jeffery Miller, MD, Medical Examiner
P.O. Box 1167
Cleveland, TN 37364

Office Staff

Welcome to the Bradley County Medical Examiner's Office. Our Mission is to serve the citizens of Bradley County by determining the cause and manner of those deaths that fall within our jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is determined by the type and manner of death reported.


 

Any unexpected death usually falls within our jurisdiction. Per TN Code 38-7-108, this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Death when not under the care of a physician for a potentially fatal illness
  • Death of the person when the attending physician or his/her representative is unable or unwilling to sign the death certificate
  • Death occurring suddenly when in apparent good health when the cause of death has not been established by medical treatment
  • Death from violence of any type, regardless of the time elapsed from onset of incident to the time of death
  • Death related to an overdose of illegal drugs, alcohol or legal medications
  • All deaths of children without a clear underlying natural cause of death. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a diagnosis of exclusion requiring a complete autopsy. All suspected SIDS deaths MUST be reported to the Medical Examiner
  • Death occurring in a prison or of a prisoner
  • Death occurring on the job or related to employment
  • Death believed to present a public health hazard
  • Death of a patient of as a result of a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure, a medication error, or adverse, allergic, or toxic reaction to a therapeutic agent
  • Death of a nursing home or extended care resident when abuse, neglect, or over medication is strongly suspected or confirmed as contributing to death
  • Death of a fetus greater than 20 weeks gestation and the death is related to an act of violence, maternal substance abuse, or an accident
  • Death of a person from any cause when their identity is unknown or unclear
  • Death when cremation of the remains is to be performed
  • Motor vehicle accidents, homicides, stabbings, altercations, fire, drowning, falls, crushing injuries, and suicides


 

Public Records Request

The Bradley County Medical Examiner Office's is happy to assist with requests for medical records as the Tennessee Code Annotated will allow:

Section 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 38-7-110, is amended by deleting subsection (c) and by substituting instead the following:

(c) Subject to the provisions of subsection

(d), the reports of the county medical examiners, toxicological reports and autopsy reports shall be public documents. The department is authorized to charge a fee of five dollars ($5.00) for a certified copy of each county medical examiner's report and each toxicological report, and a fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) for a certified copy of each autopsy report.

(d)(1) Upon written petition by the district attorney general supported by affidavit and/or testimony under oath from a law enforcement officer that the release of portions of a report of a county medical examiner, toxicological report or autopsy report may seriously impede or impair the investigation of a homicide or a felony, a court of record may order that such portions shall not be subject to disclosure as a public document and shall remain confidential. The court shall cause a record to be kept of any testimony given in support of such a petition, which record and all related documentation shall be sealed by the court and open to inspection only by a court reviewing the proceedings.

If you would like to request information, please complete the Inspection/Duplication of Records Request. All requests for public records shall require the requester to complete a copy of the Public Records Request. The completed form may be faxed, mailed or hand delivered to the Bradley County Medical Examiner's office.

 


 

Staff

Name Title
Dr. Jeffrey Miller, MD Medical Examiner
Laura Wittmaier, EMT-P Director/Death Investigator
Barry Snyder, EMT-P Death Investigator
Tim Plemons, EMT-P Death Investigator