We provide inquest advice and representation in all types of cases where someone has died following medical treatment.

The death could have been as a result of misdiagnosis or inappropriate care in a medical setting, such as from the following treatment providers:

  • hospitals
  • GP surgeries or home visits
  • district nurses
  • community health teams
  • birthing centres
  • mental health hospitals/wards
  • private psychiatric units.

If a coroner has decided to hold an inquest into the death of your loved one, we can work with you and your family throughout this process, striving to ensure that all relevant evidence about what happened is brought to light.

For example, we work to collect and make available all medical records and other key documentation and will make submissions to the coroner to request that all relevant witnesses provide evidence for the inquest.

As well as preparing for the inquest, we will also attend the inquest alongside you and act on your behalf to question witnesses and to seek an appropriate conclusion (previously known as a ‘verdict’) in the inquest. We will do our best to support you and your family, and to ensure that a thorough investigation takes place into the circumstances of the death.

For more information on what an inquest is please see our guide on inquests.

Where an inquest has already taken place, or if the Coroner has not decided to hold an inquest, we can advise you on bringing a civil claim to investigate whether the care or treatment was of an appropriate standard.

Our legal professionals and support staff work closely with families to establish their concerns and then advise on the best plan of action at each stage of the inquest and claim process to reach their objectives, whether that is investigating fully what happened, getting an apology or working to get policies and systems changed to ensure that no other family has to suffer the loss of a loved one in a similar circumstance.

Will I have to pay legal costs?

An inquest or a civil claim can be funded in a few different ways, many of which come at no cost to you.

It is best to call us to discuss the funding option that is right for you, however if you want to find out more about what we might be able to offer take a look at our funding page here.

Financial compensation

If you wish to seek financial compensation for the your loved one’s death, this can help you with any expenses you may have incurred, such as funeral costs, as well as provide you with compensation for financial and practical support that your loved one used to provide to you or to others; this might include compensation for the loss of their salary into the household, the pension they would have been entitled to, or for additional childcare you now require as a result of their death.

Understandably, financial compensation isn’t always what the family is after following the death of a loved one. We’ll strive to find the answers to your questions about what happened, and help ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to another family.

Useful links

What is an inquest?

What is a pre-inquest review hearing?

Inquests: a glossary of legal terms

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