An inquest is a judicial inquiry into a death, if there is reasonable cause to suspect that the death was due to anything other than natural causes. The inquest will look at who the deceased was, when and where they died, the medical cause of their death and how they came by their death.
It is a fact-finding process. It does not deal with issues of blame or responsibility for the death, or with issues of criminal or civil liability. In more complex cases, families may choose to use a solicitor to ask questions on their behalf and address the coroner on matters of law.
Legal aid funding is not usually available for representation at inquests but we can advise as to how best to fund representation at the inquest.
We are regularly instructed to represent bereaved families in cases of death following medical intervention. In a clinical negligence legal matter, if you have concerns about the care received, we will do our best to explore this within the inquest.
We can provide guidance throughout the course of the inquest and the outcome of the same may assist in a clinical negligence claim.
If you would like advice about inquests, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team for advice.