Contact your state's department of health. The exact process to amend a cause-of-death finding differs by state, but most departments only allow changes by the physician who designated the cause of death or by the county medical examiner.
Present the physician who certified cause of death or the county medical examiner with proof that the designation is incorrect. A state department of health will only amend the cause of death if there is sufficient medical evidence to contradict the current listing.
Submit the necessary paperwork to your state's department of health. Most states require medical proof, along with the notarized signature of the original physician or of medical examiner.
- PubMed Central: Death Certificates
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Amend a Birth or Death Record
- California Department of Public Health: Correcting or Amending Vital Records
- New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services: Correcting a Vital Record
- Minnesota Department of Health: Death Registration Information
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