Professional, compassionate legal representation at medical inquests
A medical inquest can be a very upsetting process to go through. Professional legal representation can help ensure that you get the answers you need and that you are mentally prepared for a difficult experience.
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What does a medical inquest involve?
The nature of a medical inquest can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances of the death and the reasons that the coroner felt that an inquest was necessary.
There are a number of stages to a medical inquest and you should be aware that some of them can contain very graphic detail - such as evidence from a post-mortem - which needs to be shared as part of the inquest.
You can choose which parts of the inquest to attend. If some stages are likely to be too upsetting to attend, it can be helpful to ensure that you have representation throughout the inquest to ensure that important questions still get asked.
Why do I need legal advice at a medical inquest?
In such a potentially distressing process it is important to have professional, specialist advice and representation throughout. An experienced inquest solicitor will know the process and the right questions to ask at the time. They can also represent you and ask questions on your behalf during the stages of the process that you might choose not to attend.
The inquest could be your only chance to find out more about the cause of death. In such a potentially distressing environment, it can be invaluable to have the support and detached, professional outlook of a specialist inquest solicitor.
How is legal advice funded?
In some instances, the coroner may ask for Legal Aid funding to ensure that legal representation is funded. However, this is very rare and in other cases you can either fund your representation privately, or you could fund it through a Conditional Fee Agreement (otherwise known as a 'no win, no fee' agreement). This can be arranged if we feel there is a case for negligence as a result of the inquest.
Whichever way you fund your legal representation, you won't need to pay for anything without your prior agreement - we can discuss your circumstances with you and agree the best way to proceed and advise you on how to fund any legal advice and representation.
How can Switalskis help me?
Our inquest team includes some of our most experienced specialists. Not only do they have very thorough knowledge of this area of the law, but they also have the compassion and understanding to help you through a very difficult process. If the inquest finds that negligence may have contributed to the death, you may be able to claim for compensation against the negligent party. As experienced specialists in Medical Negligence and Mental Health law, if this should happen, we will be well-placed to provide you with continuous, consistent legal advice without having to find a separate law firm.