Experienced Inquest Claims Solicitors in Gateshead and Washington
Where someone dies suddenly and unexpectedly in unknown or unnatural circumstances an Inquest will be held at a Coroner’s Court to answer four key questions:
- Who has died?;
- When did they die?;
- Where did they die?; and
- How did they die?
An Inquest is a fact-finding hearing to establish the circumstances and cause of death. It will not establish blame for the death although information and evidence disclosed at the hearing can be helpful to a personal injury claim or medical negligence claim.
At the Inquest hearing, the Coroner will hear evidence from appropriate witnesses chosen by the Coroner. Anyone who the Coroner considers to have “proper interest” status (including for example spouse, civil partner, children, parent, anyone acting for the deceased) will be invited to ask questions relating to medical cause and circumstances of the death. Generally, these questions will be addressed to the Coroner although there are occasions when they are addressed to a Jury.
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Relatives of the deceased can find the prospect of addressing the Coroner’s court and representing themselves at the hearing to be overwhelming and stressful particularly when they are already suffering from the emotional impact of their recent loss.
We regularly represent families before and at Inquest hearings to provide support and guidance throughout the process. We understand the importance of establishing the circumstances and cause of death and are committed to finding the answers needed to help understand how a loved one has died. We know the line of questioning that a Coroner permits and will address the court with appropriate questions and necessary submissions.
We can represent you at an Inquest or Pre-Inquest hearing for a fixed fee, dependent on the complexity of the case. A quotation will be given following receipt of the initial paperwork. Where representation at an Inquest forms part of a Fatal Accident Claim we can offer a CFA (a “no win, no fee”) in suitable cases.
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