If there is uncertainty surrounding a death, an inquest will be held to determine the cause. While the purpose of this is not to be used as evidence in compensation claims, the result of an inquest can certainly affect the outcome of a claim or court case.
At Talbots Law, we provide practical advice, assistance and even representation through the inquest process. When our clients need us the most, we never let them down. Together, we’ll build a claim based on factual evidence that will secure the compensation you deserve.
In cases where a death was violent, unnatural, suspicious or sudden, Inquests are vital in separating the facts from fiction. Inquests are public hearings dealt with by a Coroner, who will examine all the evidence, medical records and witness statements to determine who and what caused the death. Investigations will be carried out to assess whether or not more could have been done to prevent the death, and in these cases, the individual or company must provide details of how they will address these issues in future.
If your loved one was killed by an accident or due to negligent practices, seeking sound legal advice and representation for the Inquest process is essential in ensuring the party at fault contributes in compensating you for your loss.
Why choose Talbots Inquest solicitors?
When a family loses a loved one, we believe they deserve answers. At Talbots Law, our Inquest solicitors are dedicated in helping our clients through the toughest of times, and through passion and dedication, we secure the compensation they are entitled to. During the inquest, we will be thorough in our investigation and won’t hesitate to ask witnesses questions that could help clarify the cause. Once the Inquest is complete, your trusted Talbots solicitor will help you to understand your legal position and advise on how to proceed. With vast experience in fatal injury compensation claims, we have the skill and expertise to do right by our clients, whatever it takes.
What happens at the Inquest?
The coroner will attempt to reveal facts surrounding a person’s death through reviewing the evidence and interviewing witnesses. To begin, the Coroner will explain to the Inquest the details of the victim and the case surrounding their death such as the time and location of the death.
The Coroner will then interview the witnesses and family members in order to build an understanding of how the victim was killed and whether or not it could have been prevented. You will be given the opportunity to ask witnesses questions directly, or through their solicitors during the inquest. After all evidence has been reviewed, the Coroner will give their verdict.
This is where an Inquest differs from a court hearing, as the Inquest will not run for the purpose of proving criminal liability or aim to convict, the Coroner simply undertakes this responsibility to provide the family with answers.
Who can attend an Inquest?
An Inquest is a public hearing, and is therefore open for all members of the public to attend. However, most commonly, the family of the victim will be present along with their solicitor, any witnesses to the death and of course the coroner. In certain cases, the press may be present to report on the outcome.
If you seek advice or representation during an inquest or wish to speak with one of our fatal injury claims solicitors, call Talbots Law today on 0800 118 1500.
- Bryan Colley
- Director of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
- 07817 426073
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