Inquests, investigations and funding.
The Area Coroner my open an inquest into any death. An inquest is just another word for investigation. The inquest should not be seen as a precursor to a prosecution or to a civil claim for negligence. That however, does not mean that a criminal prosecution may follow. It just means it that neither of these things are “dependent” upon an inquests outcome.
For a family or loved ones an inquest is a first stage which may well provide valuable answers.
The Coroner wishes to establish just 4 things from the inquest – The name of the deceased – The place of their death – The time of their death – How the death occurred. The inquest is not a trial and should not be treated as one.
Dealing with an inquest and with the expert witnesses called to give evidence is not easy, it should not be tackled by the family but instead they should hire a suitable advocate. At Law – Med Solicitors we have been active in investigations that cover all manner of deaths including those that were followed up by criminal prosecutions and even public inquiries. Call today to discuss your situation further.
Public funding in the form of Legal Aid can be used in some instances, such as where the death occurred in a HMP establishment or if the deceased was formally sectioned under the Mental Health Act. There are some instances where public funding can be made available but these are generally those instances where there is a large public concern, such as a Aircraft Disaster or more recently the Grenfell Tower Fire.
Whilst there is no obligation to instruct a solicitor for an inquest, you may find that the Hospital or other agencies involved in the action have several lawyers present. In addition there are likely to medical experts to assist the coroner and these may well communicate in formal medical language, they are there after all to answer the coroners questions and not necessarily to assist the family.
As well as these experts there is likely to be evidence from the deceased GP and the various physicians that have treated the deceased prior to death. Finally it is likely that the coroner will want to hear from the pathologist who performed the autopsy. All of these witnesses can be cross examined but how they are approached is the main issue.
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Finding Your Way Through.
The issues of a sudden death, after a long course of treatment or an accident, bring with them great strain for those remaining. There are organisations that can assist you and these can be enormous benefit to the recently bereaved. Fighting through the grief to make the right decisions is no easy feat. To ensure you are able to deal with investigations we have summarised the main and most recurring issues below. Just click on the banners to read more. You will still want to contact our members no doubt and their available to speak now.
What is a Coroner
What are the responsibilities of a Coroner
What is an Inquest
What are the coroners Verdicts
What is an Article 2 Inquest
Will I have to give evidence in Court
In a 1 week Jury Inquest before, the death of a South Wales schoolboy was investigated. The consequence of the inquest led on behalf of the boys family by Mr Graham Balmforth was a full investigation by the Health and Safety Executive. That investigation resulted in a Crown criminal prosecution of the local authority for significant mismanagement and breaches of Health and Safety. The authority was able to evade a substantive fine only because of the hardship that this would impose on the community. The inquest and subsequent investigation however sparked a debate in the Welsh Parliament regarding Public Finance Initiatives and a design safety. A nationwide review of schools health and safety particularly with regard to onsite traffic management followed. The report of the incident is listed in the below video.
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