Inquests

Moosa –Duke Solicitors have extensive experience of providing families with help, assistance and representation at inquests on behalf of their loved ones who have passed away.

If you would like to find out more about arranging representation at an inquest, or you merely require some guidance or advice about an inquest, call us on 0800 952 0010 or 0116 254 7456 or email: enquiries@moosaduke.com. You can also enquire online by clicking here.

What are inquests?

An inquest is an investigation which is carried out by the Coroner surrounding the circumstances of a person’s death. An inquest can be a very stressful experience for families of loved ones who have passed away and we can help at this difficult time by advising you throughout the process. We can help you prepare for the inquest and we can provide advocacy services and ask questions on your behalf.  We can help you obtain the relevant documents from the coroner and the post mortem if it has not been sent to you.  Please call us and discuss with us your concerns and how we might help you.
The Coroner’s role is to establish the following:

  • Who has died;
  • When the person died;
  • Where the death occurred;
  • How the person came about their death;

An inquest is different from any other court process. The aim of an inquest is to answer the above questions and it is not the role of the Coroner to apportion blame. The Coroner can however take up matters with the relevant authority to ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated by making a Rule 43 report.

In clinical negligence claims, the inquest process can be helpful as it allows evidence to into what may have caused or materially contributed to a person’s death to be heard at an early stage.

During an inquest the Coroner calls witnesses to give evidence. The witnesses will usually include the deceased’s next of kin, and can include but are not limited to the doctors and nurses treating the deceased at the time of death.

Relatives of the deceased are entitled to ask questions and can be represented at the inquest by solicitors.

Case Study

Inquest into the delay in the diagnosis of DVT – Clip from BBC News –

Undiagnosed Deep Vein Thrombosis Kills Mother Of Three – “Alison Taylor, 29, from Syston, died in March 2010 despite visits to her GP, Mr Hussey and Dr Das Bhari, at the Syston Medical Centre, and The Leicester Royal Infirmary.” – Read the full case study here.

The Coroner may make the following verdicts:

  • Natural causes
  • Accident or misadventure
  • He/she killed himself/herself (i.e suicide)
  • Unlawful killing
  • Lawful killing
  • Industrial disease
  • Open verdict
  • Narrative verdict

For more information about how we may be able to help you and your family, call us on 0800 952 0010 or 0116 254 7456 or email: enquiries@moosaduke.com. You can also enquire online by clicking here.