Our inquest team have the experience to guide you through each step of the Inquest Process.
An inquest into the death of a loved one can be distressing.
We're on your side every step of the way.
Our specialist lawyers are able to provide support and guidance through all stages of the Inquest Process, and will work with you to instruct specialist Barristers to provide the best representation at any preliminary Hearings and the final Inquest.
When a loved one passes away suddenly and unexpectedly it can be an emotional and distressing time.
This can be made even worse when faced with the prospect of having to go through a coroner's inquest and deal with the consequences this may bear.
An Inquest is a formal investigation by a Coroner into someone’s death. The purpose of an Inquest is to answer the following factual questions:
Where did they die?
When did they die?
How did they die?
An Inquest may not be called if the answer to all of these questions is clear, unless specific circumstances apply, such as deaths in police custody.
The role of the Coroner is to discover the answers to these questions in order to finalise the Death Certificate. It is not the Coroner’s job to apportion blame, however they may make recommendations to organisations, such as Hospitals, if they consider that action could be taken to avoid similar deaths in the future.
What should I do if there is an inquest?
Depending upon the circumstances of the death, you may wish to attend the Inquest and speak to the Coroner about your understanding of events and any concerns you may have. The Inquest may be fairly straightforward and the Coroner is able to answer to questions they need to without the need for extensive investigations, however this is not always the case.
Sometimes, other parties may also need to attend the Inquest, such as representatives from any Hospitals who provided care or the Police. In these situations, there will usually be legal representation for the organisations involved and the Inquest will be more formal process with lengthier investigations.
The Inquest process can be difficult and upsetting. Most families find it helpful to have legal representation at an Inquest. This allows you to have the benefit of specialist lawyers making representations to the Coroner on your behalf, and asking the necessary questions of the other parties involved in the death. This also takes a lot of the burden off you, and means you can take in the information as it is discovered.
Our specialist lawyers are able to provide support and guidance through all stages of the Inquest process, and will work with you to instruct specialist Barristers to provide the best representation at any preliminary Hearings and the final Inquest. We will work closely with you so that any concerns you may have about the death of your loved one are properly investigated.
Working With Our Service Team
Our team of Medical Negligence experts understand the physical and emotional challenges you may be faced with when avoidable mistakes are made by your treating clinicians. With many years’ experience, our legal advisers offer a dedicated, supportive and pragmatic approach to ensure your claim is successful and you have access to the help and treatment needed to live the best life you can.
- Tim Gray
If you or a loved one has suffered from Medical Negligence or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch for a free initial consultation.
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My 88 year old mother died as a result of negligence by Russells Hall Staff. After two years of them refusing to accept any responsibility Mr Portman Hann looked at the case for me. In a very short time he achieved the best financial compensation available. More importantly, the hospital have promised to change certain procedures to try and prevent similar things happening again.
The team were very understanding of what I wanted out of my case and were very knowledgeable of the outcomes. If I didn’t want it to happen or understand they always helped and did their best for my late husband.