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No win, no fee

Depending on the circumstances of the non-natural death, it may be possible to secure funding for inquest representation on a “no win-no fee” basis as part of a negligence case.

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Medical negligence concerns

Medical negligence concerns

Inquests are held in cases of unexpected deaths, where the Coroner feels an investigation is needed.

In deaths where there is a concern that medical negligence may have contributed, it can be very difficult for loved ones to seek clarity from the professionals involved, because of their performance and conduct being under scrutiny.

This makes it all the more important for people to seek independent inquest representation, to get much needed answers to questions relating to the medical treatment of their loved one.

Our medical negligence inquest solicitors can help you take the first step towards getting those questions answered, and guide you through the inquest process.

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Inquests and compensation claims

Inquests and compensation claims

If a loved one has died because of a mistake made during medical treatment, there may be a negligence claim relating to their death.

Taking this course of action may allow you to gain access to funding for an inquest solicitor. For more complex cases which require legal representation, public funding could be an option through the Legal Aid Agency or in some cases – crowdfunding.

We also act for families on a private fee-paying basis and we will provide you with details of the costs upfront.

Getting the right advice is crucial so you can move on with the right course of action for you.

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Advantages of legal representation

Advantages of legal representation

Representing yourself at an inquest is, understandably, a daunting prospect – especially for anyone who is not familiar with the complexities of this legal process.

The purpose of the inquest is not to apportion blame. In fact, it is the government’s view that this process is an inquisitorial process which should focus on determining how the deceased came to die and nothing more. The Coroner does, however, have powers which enable them to make a report relating to the prevention of future deaths, in circumstances where failures linked to the cause of death have been identified.

By law, you do not need to be legally represented at an inquest, but the organisations or NHS trusts which provided treatment are often represented by highly-qualified lawyers, making it even more important to seek legal support and advice through this time.

If you have questions about how your loved one died and you want to be fully involved in the inquest process, it’s a good idea to be represented by a legal expert with detailed inquest knowledge.

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Specialists in medical inquests

Specialists in medical inquests

At Hudgell Solicitors, our inquest lawyers have significant experience in representing clients at inquests and of dealing with fatal accident claims to ensure their interests are properly represented.

A dedicated inquest solicitor will support and guide you throughout your case, ensuring the process is as straightforward and stress free as possible.

This will allow you to get the answers you need to try and restore some order back into your life as soon as possible.

When you choose Hudgell Solicitors you will have the full support of a specialist lawyer who will give you clear information and ensure the interests of you and your family are always taken care of.

You will be able to fully rely on your legal representative who can:

  • Obtain reports and analyse medical evidence including the post-mortem.
  • Question key witnesses or medical staff who attend the inquest.
  • Make representations as to the appropriate verdict for the Coroner to reach.
  • Bring a claim for compensation through the Civil courts, if appropriate, after the inquest has concluded.
  • Attempt to secure policy changes – so that other families don’t suffer in the same way in the future.
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The medical inquest representation process

The medical inquest representation process

Explained in five easy steps

Step 1

Free initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think we can help you.

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Step 2

Apply for funding

We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim and let you know if Legal Aid is available.

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Step 3

Disclosure

We will obtain relevant disclosure from the Coroner and any other relevant sources.

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Step 4

Inquest Attendance & Submissions

We will make submissions to the Coroner/Chair with our views on the appropriate conclusions based on evidence revealed.

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Step 5

Verdict

We will help you to understand that Coroner’s verdict and advise you on any possible further legal steps to assist you.

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Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
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Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
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Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
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S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
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Calista Harrison
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Medical negligence inquest FAQs

FAQs

How can our medical inquest solicitors help you?

Due to the increased public scrutiny of an inquests, the NHS and its staff are usually represented by a legal team employed to represent their interests in case of a claim. Coping with the stress and the emotional strain of the situation is difficult enough.

A medical inquest is far from easy, and if you have limited understanding of this complex legal process, the next steps can seem unclear.

Your appointed inquest lawyer will:

  • Take control of the process and guide you through every step of the way liaising with the Coroner on your behalf.
  • Provide you with regular updates, including timescales.
  • Provide high quality expertise and legal representation at pre-inquest reviews and at the inquest itself.
  • Highlight any failings or negligent acts which may have contributed to death.
  • Take the time to speak to you about any concerns or worries you may have throughout the entirety of the process.

What is an Article 2 inquest?

An ‘Article 2’ inquest is a highly-complex area because it investigates whether a sufficiently adequate framework of procedures has been followed, so far as is reasonable, to protect the deceased’s ‘right to life’.

An Article 2 inquest will ONLY be allowed by a Coroner if the death occurred in a state-run organisation (such as the NHS, a prison or police station) or as a result of care provided by the NHS and even then only in specific circumstances.

If we believe a healthcare provider’s procedures have contributed towards a person’s death, we can make representations to the Coroner for an Article 2 Inquest to be held.

By doing this, the scope of the Inquest’s role can be widened to question whether actions of the state or a particular NHS Trust have contributed to the death.

When is an inquest held?

Under UK law, an inquest is called every time a person dies and the death cannot be explained. If the person had been under the care of the state (police, prison, mental health hospital, NHS, etc), this allows the facts of death to be independently established. It cannot take place until at least six weeks after the death.

What is the purpose of an inquest?

It is the coroner’s job to find out the deceased’s identity, how they died, when and where it happened. During the inquest process, there is a possibility that valuable information which indicates that the standards of care fell short of what was reasonably expected by the patient may go unnoticed. If you are considering a clinical negligence claim, information obtained during an inquest might help you to pursue a successful case against the NHS or organisation responsible for healthcare providing healthcare.

How long does an inquest last?

Most inquests last for between one and five days, but because of their investigative nature the Coroner’s hearing may run for weeks. Usually this depends on the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses and the number of official ‘interested persons’ involved in the case. Once the Coroner has opened an inquest, their investigation MUST be full, fair and effective.

Is a jury required for an inquest?

By law, a jury must be summoned;

  • If the deceased died while in police custody or state detention and the death was violent and/or unnatural and/or of unknown cause.
  • Where the death resulted from an act or omission of a police officer in the execution of their duty.
  • Where the deceased died as a result of an accident, poisoning or disease which must be reported to a government department or inspector.

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