The death of a family member can lead to a lot of unanswered questions about how, when and where they died, as well as the circumstances surrounding their death. This is especially the case where a death occurred whilst in the military, where specialist terminology and additional ‘red tape’ can make it even more difficult for the family to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

Typically, a military inquest may be related to a death in combat, a death during a training exercise, or a death due to inadequate medical treatment when a member of the forces has fallen ill or suffered an injury.

We can work with you and your family to prepare for the inquest and to help ensure that your concerns surrounding your loved one’s death are properly addressed. We will work with you to establish the key questions that need answering and will provide specialist representation for you at any hearing to ensure that your loved one’s death is sufficiently investigated.

For more information on what an inquest is please take a look at our inquests guide.

Following an inquest, or if an inquest didn’t take place at all, then we can also assist you with bringing a claim for compensation arising out of a military death.


Will I have to pay legal costs?

There are a number of ways in which our help at or following an inquest or after it can be funded. Please see our page on funding for more information or call us, without cost, to discuss it further.


Is this just about money?

Where negligence has caused your loved one’s death, we can help secure financial compensation for you and your family. This can help you with expenses directly related to the death, such as funeral costs, as well as providing you with compensation for financial and practical support that your loved one used to provide to you or to others, such as 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.

However, we also understand that families may not have financial compensation as their main goal. Wherever possible we strive to fully investigate what happened, seek an apology, and work to bring about changes to ensure that no other family has to suffer the loss of a loved one in similar circumstances.

We can also put you in touch with charities and organisations that support bereaved family members, and we work with a network of specialist experts who can assist in your case.

If you want to proceed with an inquest, and need legal support, please contact us through our website or freephone number and one of our experienced staff members will discuss your case with you and let you know how we can help. There is no charge and no obligation to proceed with us.


Useful links

What is an inquest?

What is a pre-inquest review hearing?

Inquests: a glossary of legal terms

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