An inquest is a public hearing, it is usually held when the cause of death appears to be suspicious or unclear. An example of a recent inquest is the Hillsborough Stadium Tragedy.
Inquests are used to determine how, when and where a person/people have died. The inquest is carried out by a Coroner, they are normally assisted by a pathologist who will carry out a post mortem examination on the body of the deceased.
Most of the time an inquest is held in absence of a jury, the coroner uses their own discretion to decide who may participate in the hearing. Parents, spouses and personal representatives such as solicitors (known as interested parties) are able to attend the inquest and question witnesses.
How can an inquest help a medical negligence claim?
Because an inquest highlights how the patient has died it will also determine whether any negligent treatment contributed to the death of the deceased patient. Medical staff that provided the patient with medical care or treatment will be asked to provide evidence, either in person or in writing, at the hearing. The deceased patient’s family and/or solicitor will be able to cross-examine the medical staff involved, this will be able to identify whether or not negligent medical treatment has occurred, and if so how much did it contribute to the death.
What to do following an inquest?
Contact EAD Solicitors and we will be able to provide the advice and expert guidance you need. We can support you in your claim for compensation for medical negligence or fatal injury. Call us today on 0151 735 1000.
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