Specialist lawyers dedicated to representing families in inquests
‘We will fight on your behalf to find out what went wrong and to achieve the best result where there has been substandard care’
If the coroner opens an inquest in to the circumstances by which a loved one came by their death it can provide the opportunity to have your questions answered and your concerns raised.
Here to support you every step of the way
Our dedicated inquest team can fight on your behalf and guide you through the process, making it less daunting and ensuring that you get the best possible outcome.
Even if no inquest takes place, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation where negligence has caused or contributed to the death of your loved one. See out Fatal Claims page for more information.
We have a specialist team dealing with inquests and subsequent fatal claims, and they will strive to get answers, seek changes and recover damages when things have gone wrong.
Knowledgeable but approachable
Our dedicated solicitors will help you to understand the process, and will guide you throughout. Our team understand what a difficult time this is for you; we will progress your case with sensitivity and discretion.
We are experienced in acting in a wide range of inquest cases.
We have particular expertise in inquests relating to medical treatment, psychiatric care, deaths in custody, deaths involving the police and deaths in prison.
Fighting for answers on your behalf and seeking change
We will do our utmost to explore what went wrong and wherever possible we will seek changes so that similar deaths are prevented from happening in future. Our inquest experts will act in your best interests from start to finish.
Getting you back on track
If substandard treatment is identified, then we will seek redress for the family members of the deceased. We always strive for the maximum award of compensation where a loved one has died because of failures in care.
Whilst we appreciate that money is rarely your priority when a loved one has died, where a death arises from negligence compensation can be obtained to help put you and your family back on track.
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