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10 September 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What you need to know this World Suicide Prevention Day

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Our inquest specialist, Ali Cloak, works with families who have sadly been bereaved by suicide and helps them through the inquest process that looks at how their loved one came to take their own life. Here, on World Suicide Prevention Day, she considers the recent statistics released about increased suicide rates in the UK and Ireland.

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21 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Medical Negligence

Inquest factsheet

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15 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

A look at the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019

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Ali Cloak, senior associate at Royds Withy King, considers the key provisions of the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019, SI 2019/1112 and likely practical implications on coronial procedure as well as future developments.

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Root cause analysis reports and serious incident reports: what are they and can I challenge one?

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Incident reports are intended to establish the causes and contributory factors of a death or other avoidable event. For this reason they are very important, and something that should be taken very seriously by the trust or organisation completing them.

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23 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Children’s Funeral Fund now available for bereaved families in need

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We are delighted to hear that the Children’s Funeral Fund will come into effect today, 23 July 2019 and will help the thousands of parents who tragically lose a child each year.

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10 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Will the public and press be allowed to watch an inquest?

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One of the questions that I get asked when representing families at inquest hearings is: who is allowed to be in the court room, and are the media or press allowed to attend? Understandably, families can be concerned that something very personal to them may become public.

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2 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Pro bono inquests: can someone represent me at an inquest for free?

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If you want to find out more about your options for funding an inquest into the death of someone close to you, Ali Cloak – Senior Associate and expert in inquests – is here to help you understand your next steps.

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15 May 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Private Client

A legal guide to organ donation in the UK

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Dying Matters Organ Donation

Organ donation is an emotionally charged topic. On the one hand it is impossible to separate it from the grief and sadness that comes with a person’s death. On the other, it provides a unique opportunity to save someones life, and can allow something positive to exist in its place by giving comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

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15 May 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

Dying Matters Awareness Week: grieving when you don’t know how or why your loved one died

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Dying Matters is a national coalition of organisations that aim to help people talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. This year, starting on 13 May, the national awareness week will join with organisations to help raise the public’s consciousness of this difficult and distressing topic.

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9 May 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence

What might happen now a criminal investigation has been launched into medical deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital?

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The police have announced that they will be undertaking a new criminal investigation into the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. More than 456 patients had their lives cut short by being administered high doses of opiate painkillers such as morphine between 1987 and 2001. Ali Cloak from our Inquests team takes a look at what might happen as a result.

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24 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Bereavement compensation is becoming increasingly unequal across the UK – here’s why

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Northern Ireland will be increasing the statutory compensation available to bereaved families. Families bringing claims in relation to a death in Northern Ireland will now be entitled to over £2,000 more in damages than families in England and Wales.

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16 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What you need to know about the new medical examiners helping bereaved families

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From April 2019, a new system of medical examiners will be rolled out in medical settings to provide scrutiny and better recording of deaths across the country. A pilot scheme with medical examiners has taken place since 2008 so many hospitals, medical professionals or families may have already come across them.

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