A coroner’s inquest is usually conducted in the presence of a pathologist and is designed to highlight how, when and where an individual died. It is normally carried out after a post-mortem if the cause of death is still unclear but can also be conducted if a death is suspicious, appears to be unnatural or occurs in police custody.
Coroners are trained in law and can also be doctors. An inquest is not usually held in front of a jury but is held in court where witnesses will give evidence to help clear up the circumstances of death. Coroner’s inquests are also useful when there has been an accident at work, a road traffic accident or there may be negligence surrounding the person’s death. Relatives may be present and can be represented by a lawyer if they are planning to claim compensation for the accident. Any medical practitioner who treated the deceased may be asked to give a written statement of evidence if clinical negligence is suspected.
Your right to medical negligence compensation
If a family member has passed away under extraordinary circumstances and you have suspicions that negligence took place, you may be able to claim compensation for your loss. Should a family member pass away during surgery or because they have not been referred to a specialist, you have a right to claim compensation where evidence of negligence is presented. As a family member, you are able to cross-examine any medical professionals involved in the treatment of the deceased and a solicitor can also be present to help you should you decide to claim compensation.
Starting your claim
Call Accident Advice Helpline to obtain no-obligation advice from our legal team regarding a compensation claim for medical negligence. If you need to attend a coroner’s inquest we can attend this with you and help you with any questions you may want to ask the witnesses present. If you suspect that clinical negligence took place or you think that an accidental death was the fault of someone else, we could pursue a claim with you to help you cope financially during this time.
Our helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and is free to call or you can try our 30-second test online to get an idea of how successful your claim is likely to be. Our no win, no fee policy means that you can only benefit financially from making your claim with us.