Fatal Accident At Work Claims

Fatal Accident At Work Claims

R. (obo of Mowlem Plc) v Avon Assistant Deputy Coroner

13 May 2005

Summary: Fatal Accident claims, Inquests, verdicts, inherent jurisdiction, Coroner Fatal Accident Act 1976, Coroners Act, verdict, fatal accident solicitors, personal injury.

The claimant fatal accident solicitors in this tragic fatal accident case were involved a judicial review of a verdict of an inquest surrounding the death of a man on a building site. There was some speculation on how the deceased died following the fatal accident. The jury returned a verdict of death by accident

However the written inquisition signed by the jurors stated that the accident came about because “he fell from a ladder at work”. However, it was later discovered that those words had been typed on to the inquisition before the jury retired. The coroner conceded that those words should not have been included as the circumstances of death were in issue, and that the verdict should be quashed.

On review by the higher court, the court determined that it had inherent jurisdiction to amend words in the inquest so as to avoid a fresh inquest as it was just to do so in the circumstances.

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Posted: July 23, 2008 at 9:00 am


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