Inquest and Coroners Court – Help and Advice
Inquest and Coroners Court
As fatal accident claim solicitors were are often asked by bereaved families what happens at an Inquest and what is a Coroner’s court and how does it affect the fatal accident claim?
In short an Inquest is where there is an investigation into the death of a loved one following a fatal accident claim. Inquest are held in many fatal accidents caused by:
- Fatal car accidents
- Accidents on the road causing death i.e. pedestrians
- Death on building sites
- Death by dangerous driving
- Death by careless driving
- Fatal accidents at work
- Carbon monoxide poisoning cases
- Other fatal accident claims.
The main purpose of an Inquest is to find out the exact cause of death. In most cases this can be established by the facts of the accident. In other cases it may be more complex to find out the cause of death or who may be responsible. This is so especially if the death is caused on a building site and there are various contractors who occupy the land and or premises.
The Inquest hearing is a formal court assessment by the judge (The Coroner) who has wide and various powers to call witnesses to give evidence.
In other serious cases especially where corporate manslaughter could be a possibility the Coroner may decide that the hearing should be held before a jury. This is quite rare as most Coroner Hearings are held by the Judge alone without the help of a jury.
Inquest are for Fact Finding Not To Blame
The most important thing to remember for bereaved families is that an Inquest held by a Coroner is not to apportion blame for the fatal accident claim. It is to find out the facts giving rise to the death, how death was caused and if possible for the Coroner to make recommendations to whoever has power or responsible for the death to try to prevent similar fatal accident claims and death happening again.
Further Advice – Coroners Court and Inquest Hearings
Fatal Accident Solicitors Inquest Hearing Support Service
The duty of a Coroner and what happens at an Inquest has, for many, been a mystery. A sudden and unexpected death following a cycle fatal accident claims is a personal tragedy and grief that makes understanding the process that much more difficult. As sympathetic expert inquest and bike fatal accident solicitor will help you through this traumatic event every step of the way. By providing that helps relieve the financial worry and stress of family members who need assistance.
Attending an Inquest/Coroner
Family members & dependents require legal assistance to help explain to them the legal implications of an Inquest hearing/Coroner’s Hearing following a fatal accident as well as providing them with practical advice, for instance, whether a death certificate can be obtained to deal with the estate pending the verdict.
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Posted: April 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm