Inquests & Fatal Claims
Inquests are called by a Coroner if someone dies and the circumstances around their death are unclear. This is a very difficult and distressing time for families. It is important that you get support from a sympathetic Inquest solicitor who understands the process.
At Barratts, we have, between us, nearly 200 years’ experience representing clients at Inquests. The majority of our work is for clients who may have a claim for negligence and who want to ask questions to find out more about how their family member died.
The Coroner’s Court asks 3 questions at an inquest – how, when and why the person has died. Sometimes the Court will also need to confirm the identity of a person. Your solicitor will represent you and your loved one and we will make sure your voices are heard during the Inquest.
Over the years we have highlighted mistakes that led to someone’s death and this is very important to our clients. It means a lot to them when companies and the NHS change the way they work following the Coroner’s verdict.
Without fail, every client tells us that they want to ensure that what happened to their family does not happen again. We use our experience as Inquest solicitors to give you the platform to achieve this.
After the Inquest
If you go on to make a claim for compensation for your loved one’s death, you can work with the same solicitor at Barratts. This saves you from having to explain your situation to someone new at such a difficult time. All the lawyers in our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Criminal Injury Compensation (CICA) Departments attend Inquests for clients. This means you work with the same solicitor during the inquest and for your compensation claim.
You will receive sympathetic, personal and practical advice from Barratts Solicitors. We can do this because we are small and we care. We recognise that the death of a family member is extremely traumatic. If you have to face complex legal questions and the possibility of giving evidence in Court alone, this adds to the devastation. It is very important to us that we ease the burden of an Inquest for you.
Updated June 2021