Inquest into death solicitors

Our specialist solicitors led by Mike Bird, Clinical Negligence Partner and Assistant Coroner represent individuals and families at coroner’s inquests.

Parties involved in inquests are not usually required to have legal representation, but it can be valuable to help you get the answers you need, especially in more complex cases.

Families may find that having a legal expert on their side helps them to get the most out of the process and ensure all their questions are answered, as far as it is possible.

If your loved one died because of suspected medical negligence or at an accident that was not their fault, the inquest may help shed light on what happened and help inform what your next steps can be in bringing a civil claim. Please give us a call if you think we might be able to help you.

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Understanding coroners inquests

An inquest is a factual enquiry into the circumstances surrounding a death. A coroner will decide:

  • who died
  • how they died
  • when and where they died

A coroner is a special judge who investigates certain deaths – such as violent deaths or where the cause of death is unknown.

At an inquest, a coroner cannot find someone responsible for a death or attribute blame. that must be decided at other courts separately – where the coroner will decide what evidence is heard, which witnesses will appear, and what witness statements are read at any further court hearings.

Coroners Inquests are often the best chance for families to ask questions.

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Services offered by a solicitor during a coroners inquest

As mentioned previously, it is not required to have legal representation for a coroners inquest, but some families find it beneficial to have someone who can help ask relevant questions. They can also help support during what is an extremely difficult time, and feel like someone is on their side and being their advocate.

A solicitor is most likely to be able to assist at an inquest where there may be a related fatal injury negligence claim or human rights issue involved such as a death that occurred:

  • in police custody
  • during detention under the Mental Health Act (deprivation of liberty)
  • involving workplace injury
  • where medical negligence is suspected
  • resulting from a catastrophic accident , such as a road collision
  • involving care home negligence
  • Involving the death of a baby or child
Trusted expertise

As expert solicitors focusing on serious injury, medical negligence, mental capacity and education, you can trust us to get the best results for you.

We know how hard it is to deal with the harm you or a loved one has suffered. We’ll support you with empathy every step of the way.

We can help you on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about funding legal costs

Our support doesn’t end after a claim. We can help you with your financial affairs after settlement and introduce you to charities and organisations that might be able to help you going forward.

Choosing a coroners inquest solicitor

At Enable Law, we have extensive experience representing families and individuals looking for answers from a coroner’s inquest. We will be there throughout the process to provide you with support, while making the right enquiries to find out how your loved one died.

To find out if we can help you, please contact us. Our friendly and understanding team is more than happy to answer any questions during a free initial consultation.

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Inquest into death solicitors FAQs

If you are a properly interested person and you disagree with the findings of fact or the conclusion of the inquest, it is possible to appeal against it. This is a very complex process which involves applying to the High Court for what is called a ‘judicial review’. A properly interested person tends to be someone with a close family link to the deceased.

You may be able to appoint your chosen solicitor through your legal expenses insurance. If you don’t have insurance you may have to appoint a solicitor privately. The cost of that will depend on the hourly rate you agree with your solicitor.

If you suspect that your loved one’s death may have been caused by medical negligence or an injury suffered because of someone else’s actions or negligence a member of our specialist teams may be able to represent you as part of exploring a compensation claim on a no win no fee basis.

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