Verdicts of Inquests

Verdicts of Inquests Fatal accident solicitors: The coroner used to have the power to name a suspect in the deceased’s death however now this has been abolished.

The coroner’s verdict is not allowed to provide a verdict that would give liability to someone, because this is a decision for the courts to make, rather than the coroner. However, verdicts of coroner’s are important as the findings can give criticism to certain people for their actions resulting in the deceased’s death.

But it must be remembered that the Inquest is simply for the Coroner to get to the truth without the hearing being over-complicated by legal argument.

Simply to get to the truth of the death following a fatal accident or other tragic circumstance. Types of verdict include narrative verdict, which is where the coroner will give a clear and concise verdict of how the deceased died and neglect verdict, where the coroner will decide that the deceased died as a result of neglect. In order to decide a neglect verdict, it must be proven that but for the neglect the deceased would have survived, or the neglect significantly contributed to the deceased’s death. ADVICE ON INQUESTS AND CORONERS.

If there has been a verdict of neglect, this means that the family of the deceased are in a strong position to bring an action against the person or institution who was negligent and claim compensation for the loss suffered as a direct result of the negligence.

Posted: November 27, 2013 at 9:00 am