Fatal Injuries & Inquests

Dealing with the death of a loved one is extremely difficult no matter the cirumstances, but if there is a suspicion of negligence or other questions involved it can make the situation even more challenging.

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things human beings have to deal with, but matters can be made even worse if the death has been caused or effected by negligence.

A coroner’s inquest offers a chance to have your questions answered and give you closure but getting the answers you need is not always straightforward.

Our experienced team of medical negligence lawyers are on hand to give you support and best in class representation during your coroner’s inquest, so you can get the answers you deserve.

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Fatal accident claims

Fatal accidents are a shock to the system and we know that receiving compensation doesn’t even begin to replace a loved one. However, a claim following an inquest can assist in highlighting wrongs where someone has acted negligently and help to ensure this will not happen again.

If you have lost a loved one and are considering making a claim, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our medical negligence team. They have a wealth of experience and can offer you specialist legal advice and compassionate personal support for every stage of the claims process.

With decades of experience and strong skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) we can typically resolve even the most complex fatal accident claims through an out-of-court settlement. This can allow you to get compensation faster while letting you avoid the additional stress and uncertainty of court proceedings.

However, we also have strong experience with pursuing fatal accident claims through the courts, so whatever approach is required, we can provide the legal support you need to secure a fair outcome.

Let us represent you

Facing this alone can be difficult and we highly recommend seeking legal advice if you wish to make a inquest. Youngs Law provide expert legal advice and support for coroner’s inquests, helping to guide you through what can be a difficult process as well as doing everything we can to make sure you get all the answers you feel are necessary for your loved one’s death.

What is a coroner’s inquest?

A coroners inquest is a legal inquiry that looks into the cause of death where the deceased has died suddenly, unnaturally, whilst in police custody, or when the cause of death is still unclear after the post-mortem.

An inquest is a forum of investigating what really happened and why. However, it should be noted that it will not give any verdict of right or wrong and will only outline the facts.

The coroner will establish the following facts:

  • Who the deceased was
  • Where they died
  • When they died
  • The cause of death

Do I need legal representation?

In short, you do not need legal representation, however it is highly recommended to make sure you get the best outcomes. The specialist team at Youngs are experienced in this complex area of law and the emotional consequences the process can have on families, friends and loved ones.

Tragic events such as a death can sometimes attract unwanted media attention which can be extremely hard to deal with for those coming to terms with such a loss. An experienced lawyer can act as an invaluable buffer or channel and keep such intrusions at arms length so you can have some peace during the difficult moments.

We will represent your interests and ensure that the facts are investigated thoroughly, especially where the inquest could lead to a claim for compensation. Examples of this may be where the accident occurred at work, or as a result of a road traffic accident, during detention in police custody or from a criminal assault.

Can a coroner’s inquest award compensation?

No, as mentioned before the coroner’s inquest should be neutral and not highlight right or wrong. Their role is to establish the facts surrounding a death, not to decide who was to blame or make a decision about any party’s civil or criminal liability for the death. Therefore, they will not be involved in deciding whether any compensation is due to the family of the deceased.

To secure compensation for a fatal accident, you will need to make a separate civil compensation claim. In this claim, the findings of a coroner’s inquest can play a critical role in highlight if an error has occurred and you can use it in your fatal accident claim.  However, having the right legal representation at the inquest can make it much easier to get fair compensation later.

No Win No Fee

Youngs Law offer no win, no fee for all of our medical negligence claims, so if you don’t win your case and receive compensation, you don’t pay us a penny. We will also wait for any fee to be paid to us when you receive you compensation and not upon winning you case.

If you think you may have a medical negligence claim involving genetics, contact us today.

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For further information and confidential advice from our team of specialist solicitors, please contact a member of our team or call us on

033 33 582 583

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