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12 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Inquests: the role of the jury

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Our latest blog, part of a series on the inquest process, considers when and how a coroner must call a jury and the role of a jury in the inquest process.

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16 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Inquests: Disclosure of evidence

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In preparation for an Inquest, disclosure refers to the process of information/evidence being made available to the coroner and, thereafter, information being made available from the coroner to ‘Interested Persons’.

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5 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Chief Coroner calls for wider availability of legal aid

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The outgoing Chief Coroner of England and Wales, HHJ Peter Thornton QC, has voiced his recommendation that Legal Aid should be provided for families at inquests where the Government is paying for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees.  Inquests Solicitor Ali Cloak considers the background and implications of these recommendations.

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17 August 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Compensation achieved for parents of son killed by police Taser

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Parents who saw their son engulfed in flames after the police discharged a Taser at him, have today received compensation as part of an out-of-court settlement agreed with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

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15 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Inquests: types of coroner, qualifications and appointments

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Ali Cloak explains how coroners are selected and qualify for their position, and details the improvements that have been made to standards.

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29 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Interested Persons at inquests: who are they and what are their rights?

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In the next of a series of blogs considering all aspects of inquest law, solicitor Ali Cloak explores what it means to be an ‘interested person’ in an inquest and the rights conferred by the title.

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21 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Parents in claim for financial compensation relating to their daughter’s death

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Ali Cloak recently acted for the parents of a young woman, who took her own life whilst detained under a mental health section.

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Inquest into hospital failings and a claim for financial compensation

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Coroner demands changes to hospital prescription system after staff failures caused death of 18 year old.

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A claim for financial compensation relating to daughter’s death

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Ali Cloak recently acted for the parents of a young woman, who took her own life whilst detained under a mental health section.

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20 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Inquests: what you need to know about post-mortem examinations

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In the next of a series of blogs considering all aspects of inquest law, specialist inquest solicitor, Ali Cloak, discusses what a post mortem entails and when one is likely to be necessary.

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27 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Hillsborough inquest: Jury concludes that 96 victims were unlawfully killed

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On 26 April 2016, the jury returned their conclusion in the new Hillsborough inquest after two years of hearing evidence. Ali Cloak, specialist inquests solicitor, considers the nature of the disaster and why the conclusion has only just been delivered in respect of 96 football fans who lost their lives in 1989.

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20 November 2015 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The importance of prompt diagnosis of broken bones

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It is no secret that our Accident and Emergency Departments are being put under ever increasing pressure. This is set to escalate if the recent weather reports predicting four months of snow fall are to be believed. It is at this time that the NHS needs to ensure patients are cared for and treated correctly, no more so than in respect of treating broken bones. So what are the issues and what can be done to ensure an appropriate standard of care for all patients at this busy time?

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