What is an Inquest?
An Inquest is a fact-finding inquiry conducted by a Coroner. An Inquest may be called when somebody dies in sudden, violent, or unknown circumstances. If the deceased was detained in police/prison custody, was under the Mental Health Act, or detained by other means; then an Inquest into their death will be required by law. For families of the deceased, it is often the first, and only, opportunity to have their questions surrounding their loved one’s death heard and answered.
The purpose of an Inquest is to establish where, when, and how somebody died. The Coroner can make recommendations, following conclusion of the Inquest, which may prevent future deaths occurring.
Why Should You Choose Southerns to Represent you?
Our specialist Inquest team is comprised of the two Assistant Coroners in Lancashire, as well as having extensive experience in this area of law. If it is suspected that there has been a failure to prevent the death by the State or if the State may have caused or contributed to the death of a loved one, the Coroner will deem this to be an “Article 2” inquest. This will mean that the State will have legal representation.
We in recognise that an Inquest can be an intimidating experience for families and loved ones and it is of the utmost importance for you to have a legal expert from Southerns assisting you to make sure all the facts about your loved one’s death are investigated.
We have extensive experience helping the families of people who have died:
- In police custody
- In prison
- Whilst detained under the Mental Health Act
We undertake Inquests and are able to provide assistance throughout the whole of England and Wales. We also have strong links with specialist Barristers and work closely with INQUEST, a charity organisation who supports bereaved families.
It is of the up most importance that you and your family’s interests are properly represented and that you are provided with the opportunity to find out what happened.
We believe that the family are the most important consideration at an Inquest and we will always work to ensure that you are fully informed and understand the process throughout. Our experienced team will make sure that your questions are asked and liaise with any relevant party on your behalf.
We will also determine whether expert evidence is required and will advise you and your loved ones accordingly.
Funding Your Case
We are one of a limited number of firms in England and Wales that are able to offer representation for bereaved families through legal aid funding. In the event that legal aid funding is not available, we will always work with you to find the best option to suit your circumstances.
What Happens After the Inquest is Concluded?
We appreciate that dealing with the death of a loved one is traumatic enough without any additional worry of financial maters and previous financial dependence you may have had. Whilst an Inquest will not determine blame, findings can be made which can support a decision to proceed with a compensation claim.
Our experienced team will assist you in obtaining compensation for your loss. We regularly deal with dependency claims and will support you through every step of the process.
Moreover, you will not have to go through the trauma of explaining the circumstances of your loved one’s death as we will be fully equipped to deal with the claim.
We also work closely with our probate department, who will ensure that you are able to bring a claim on your loved one’s behalf without having to go through the difficult process of obtaining a Grant of Probate on your own.
In any circumstances, the death of a loved one is a devastating and traumatic experience. It becomes even more distressing if there is any uncertainty surrounding the cause of their death.