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Inquests Lawyers in St Helens

If an inquest is being held after a loved one, whether a family member or friend, has passed away in unexpected circumstances then Hattons are on hand to help you through the process and get the answers you need.

Death in care homes

Most care homes do an excellent job at looking after elderly people. Despite this, it is sometimes possible that a loved one in a care home may pass away in unfortunate circumstances, whether it be due to neglect by staff or through sustaining an injury whilst in their care. When an unexpected death of a loved one happens whilst in a care home, it is of course expected that you will have many questions about the circumstances and whether anything could have been done.

An inquest will sometimes be held following a death in a care home, if it was unexpected or questions remain about the circumstances. Hattons can assist with providing legal support and representation during the inquest. We will help to ensure that the facts leading to the death are established, any unresolved questions are answered and your views are heard.

Death in hospitals

Following a death in a hospital, it is common for an inquest to be held in order to investigate the cause of the death if the circumstances are not clear. An inquest is in fact required by law if the deceased person was sanctioned under the Mental Health Act.

Inquests can be a difficult process for the family of a loved one who has passed away in these circumstances, especially in the tragic circumstances and trying to come to terms with the loss. Hattons can support families of a relative who has died in such circumstances through all stages of an inquest, providing representation and helping to ensure that the family receive the answers they deserve.

If someone close to you has died in a hospital or a care home, and the cause of death is not clear or the death appears to be suspicious, then a medical inquest may be held. A medical inquest is useful for highlighting any lack of care or negligent treatment that the deceased may have suffered from.

A Medical Inquest Can Be Distressing and Highly Emotional For the Bereaved

Hattons understand how distressing and highly emotional a medical inquest can be for bereaved families who find themselves in this situation. Appointing a legal representative can ensure that you get the support you need at this difficult time, ensuring that the correct legal process is carried out during the medical inquest hearing.

When assisting with a medical inquest we can provide advice about the process, review and assemble medical records or other documents before the court hearing, and liaise with the coroner.  We are also aware how it is also unlikely that bereaved relatives will know the correct procedure for questioning witnesses at a medical inquest and this can sometimes lead to a feeling that their concerns have not been adequately addressed during the inquest procedure.

The Medical Team Will Be Questioned at a Medical Inquest

The medical team who treated the client will also be asked to give evidence at the medical inquest either in person or via a written statement, and will be cross examined and questioned.

If evidence comes out during the medical inquest that your loved one may have died as a result of negligent medical treatment or through neglect, you may wish to make a fatal medical negligence claim. Here at Hattons we will do everything in our power to get you and your family the compensation that you deserve.

We understand how no amount of compensation can replace a lost loved one but it can help to ease the financial burden you may have been left with. Many of our clients also wish to prevent other families having to go through the same tragic events that sadly lead to a medical inquest.

Death in police custody

When a death happens in police custody it will of course be a difficult and stressful time for the family and friends of the person who has passed away. It is likely that you will have many questions about why this was allowed to happen and whether it could have been prevented.

An inquest will usually be held following a death that occurred whilst in police custody, as this is required by law. Hattons can help by representing the family and friends at the inquest, where questions involving the circumstances of the death will be explored. We will ensure that these important questions are answered and anyone responsible for the death is held accountable.

Death in prison

If a loved one has died whilst in prison, the family and friends will of course often find this to be a traumatic and distressing time. Many questions may be left unanswered, including the circumstances of the death.

Hattons can assist with representing you at the inquest following a death in prison. Questions such as whether the deceased did not receive the required medical attention or was subjected to violence will be explored. We will ensure that these questions are investigated and a satisfactory conclusion is reached, working towards providing some level of closure through the result of the inquest.

Death in other circumstances

Whenever a death happens in uncertain circumstances, where more information is required about how exactly it came about, an inquest will usually be held in order to resolve these unanswered questions. This will usually be where the death has been sudden, involved violence, or is

If there is to be an inquest held after a death, the coroner will make it clear that one is to take place as soon after the death as possible. An inquest involves a formal hearing, and takes place after the collecting of all relevant documentation, evidence and statements.

Hattons can provide specialist legal representation at an inquest, in order to ensure that the rights and views of the family of the deceased are heard and fully taken into account. We will deal with inquests in a professional and sensitive manner with a view to securing you the answers that you are looking for following the unexpected death of a loved one.

If you would like to find out more about Inquests call our expert legal team on 01744 744400, fill out our contact form below or contact our key person:

Contact us about Inquests

Bruce Hatton - Director, Hattons Solicitors in St Helens

Bruce Hatton

Tel: 01744 744414

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