Inquests and Fatal Accidents
When a loved one dies unexpectedly, it can be extremely difficult for families to cope with the legal procedures and court hearings that follow. Our solicitors have considerable expertise in representing families at inquests. From the earliest stages involving the Coroner’s Office to undertaking advocacy at inquest hearings, we can help.
Our approach is sensitive and practical at this difficult time. You may have specific questions that we can answer, or you may even be asked to be a witness at an inquest hearing. This can all be very daunting, particularly when you are grieving, but we’re here to help.
If the death of your loved-one has attracted media interest, we work alongside media professionals to provide advice and support and ensure that any intrusion is kept to a minimum.
What is an inquest?
An inquest is a legal investigation to establish the circumstances of a person’s death including how, when and why the death occurred. They take place in situations where death was sudden or unnatural, or the cause of death is still unknown after a post-mortem.
Inquests are very different to criminal or civil trials as they don’t try to establish blame. This can often be difficult for relatives to deal with, as an inquest is usually the first time a family gets to hear all the facts and evidence about a loved one's death.
Why should I be legally represented at inquest hearings?
Although coroners are prohibited from apportioning blame for a person’s death at an inquest, the evidence that a Coroner obtains and the conclusions reached as to how a person died, are usually relevant to the civil proceedings that arise from the death.
If a claim for negligence is anticipated, either following an accident or because of medical negligence, it is important that a solicitor is involved at the inquest stage because this enables important facts about the circumstances of the death to be understood, which could support the compensation claim.
Examples of inquest solicitor expertise
- Deaths arising from road traffic accidents or workplace accidents
- Deaths in care homes and other institutions
Read more: Inquest FAQs
Please contact one of the team to discuss your specific requirements:
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