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Our experience means we are consistently in “The Legal 500 – the client’s guide to the UK legal profession” and the “Chambers UK - client guide to the legal profession”.

Fatal Claims/Inquests

WHAT SHALL I DO IF A RELATIVE HAS DIED AS A RESULT OF A MEDICAL ACCIDENT?

An inquest is a legal investigation to establish the circumstances of a person’s death including how, when and why the death occurred. In the context of a case where medical negligence may be a factor, an investigation is held if death was sudden or unnatural, or the cause of death is still unknown after a post mortem.

Inquests are different to criminal trials as they don’t try to establish blame. Usually the hospital or other agency will notify the Coroner if they consider there should be an investigation. You do however, have the right to contact the Coroner if you have concerns.

We are very happy to advise you at an early stage in relation to inquest formalities and liaise with the Coroner’s Office.

We recently represented a client at an inquest following the death of his wife. She suffered from Alzheimer’s and hadn’t been fed for a period of 17 to 18 hours, and when finally given food she choked to death on it.

In another case we represented the parents of a baby girl, only a few weeks old, who had died. The parents had taken her to the ‘out of hours’ GP, as they were concerned that she was unwell and vomiting bile. The parents were reassured. She collapsed two weeks later and was admitted to hospital, where it was quickly determined she required emergency surgery. There was an explosion in the ambulance, later found to be from the air conditioning unit, which caused a delay of a couple of hours in transporting her to the second hospital. She died the morning following surgery.

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