Inquest Representation

When things don’t go right, we are here to get you the answers you deserve.

What is an inquest?

An inquest is a fact-finding enquiry. Its purpose is to answer the following questions on behalf of the State:

  • the name of the deceased
  • when they died
  • where they died
  • how they came to their death

Inquests are conducted by a coroner who is a qualified legal professional, medical doctor or sometimes both. In more complex cases Pre-Inquest Review Hearings are held in order to prepare for the inquest itself.

When is an inquest held?

Inquests are held when there is uncertainty or suspicion as to how someone has died. This may be because the death is connected with an operation, the death may have been sudden, or doctors might not be able to confirm the cause of death. Alternatively, the death might have been violent or unnatural.

If you have concerns about the cause of death of a loved one or wish there to be an inquest you should tell the coroner as soon as possible after the death.

An inquest may be the only chance to find out about the circumstances of your loved one’s death. Therefore, it is important that the coroner is aware of all your concerns as early in the investigation as possible. An inquest is not permitted to state whether someone has criminal or civil liability for the death; it is about what happened, not who was responsible for what happened.

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How can we help?

Preparing for and attending an inquest hearing can be incredibly difficult; particularly when the process arises at an emotional time. Our specialist medical (clinical) negligence team can provide expert advice and guidance in preparing for the inquest and can represent families in a number of circumstances.

When things don’t go right with your medical treatement, we are here to help you get the answers you deserve and the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

If you, a family member or someone you know requires advice on a forthcoming inquest, please get in touch with a member of our team on 0800 987 8800 or make a free online enquiry here and we will contact you.

We know that clients worry about how much it will cost to involve us. We are obliged to provide you with information about all funding options that are available, and which would be the best option for you in line with the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct. Bridge McFarland LLP is able to offer all types of funding from legal aid to a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement*.

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Medical Negligence Specialists – Bridge McFarland LLP is owned and operated by Bridge McFarland LLP, an established and nationally recognised law firm renowned for specialist expertise and experience in this complex area of law. With our determination and commitment to providing our clients with an exceptional standard of service, we have held the highly regarded Lexcel quality mark since June 2008. Many of our solicitors also hold the specialist Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation, a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing claimants in medical negligence matters. These accolades are only awarded to firms who have undergone regular rigorous and independent assessments.  

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We offer no win, no fee funding to victims of medical negligence, to give you the peace of mind you need to investigate your claim.

With this agreement, if your case is unsuccessful you are not charged for your legal fees.

*Your funding eligibility will be assessed at your initial appointment and is subject to terms and conditions.

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