The Coroner will often investigate deaths occurring in hospital or in circumstances where the deceased was receiving (or should have been receiving) medical treatment. Their role is to investigate the death, establish the cause and, if appropriate, make recommendations for improvements or changes.
The process will begin with the Coroner’s assistant undertaking a preliminary investigation and advising the Coroner. You and your family will be asked to contribute to this. The Coroner will then decide whether to conduct a formal Inquest, which is a public hearing during which witnesses will be called and expert evidence provided.
The family of a deceased patient has a right to be represented by a Solicitor or Barrister at the Inquest. Devonshires have been involved in a number in Inquests and can help you with representation should you require it.
Give us a call today on 020 7880 4407 to discuss how we can help you, or contact Nick Grant and we will get straight back to you.