Deaths & Inquests

Inquests investigate unexpected deaths after medical procedures or accidents – they can be complex, but we can help make it easier for you.

Janine Collier, Cambridge

Facing an Inquest? 

When a loved one dies, it can be an extremely difficult time, both emotionally and practically.  It is hard enough coming to terms with the loss of someone you were close to, but when the death was unexpected or unexplained, it can be even harder.  And then, there may be an Inquest as well.

An Inquest should pinpoint what went wrong, and why. It can help you make sense of what happened and gain closure.  However, most families feel ill-equipped to deal with this on their own and the good news is that you don’t have to.  Our specialist Inquest Team can help.

How we can help you

We completely understand what you and your family are going through and we know what it takes to help you through this difficult time.  

Over the years, we've helped so many clients through the Inquest process that we understand the system inside out.  We can do as much as you need, and we can even represent you at the inquest. We can help you and your family get the answers you deserve and gain closure.

Support through the inquest process

When you come to us for help, we’ll listen carefully to your story; what’s happened and we will ask you what you want to achieve and talk over any concerns. Then we’ll use our knowledge and experience to look closely at the evidence and give you clear, honest and realistic advice. We’ll explain your options in plain language and recommend a way forward.

Representation at the inquest - We’ll help you get answers

We understand that you’ll probably want to know why things went wrong.   We can help you do that – our Inquest team will be by your side to make sure the right questions are asked.

For many families, it is also important that healthcare providers learn from any mistakes so that the same thing doesn’t happen to anybody else.  Based on the results of the inquest, coroners can even recommend changes to procedures. However, all this can get very technical, and so this is another reason you might find it useful to have an extra pair of hands on your side.

With you every step of the way

The prospects of an Inquest may feel daunting and you may feel like you’re on your own. With Tees by your side, you are not.  We understand what you're going through, and we're here to give you a voice.  We know this is a hard time for you and your family, so we’ll do everything we can to make it easier.

We've handled many Inquests and so, our lawyers really do have the practical experience to support you. We're persistent, and we'll fight to get answers for you. Throughout this process you’ll find us sympathetic, and ready to support and advise you at every turn.  We’ll explain things in plain English and we’ll always keep you informed of what’s going on.

Financial Compensation

If it turns out that the death was by medical treatment that failed to meet the required standards, we may be able to help you make a claim for compensation. In the end, whether you’re looking for financial redress or just want a full explanation of what went wrong, we can help you get the right result.

Don’t worry about costs

We offer an initial free 30 minute, no obligation consultation. 

We will discuss the options for funding the inquest at that stage but if you want to know more now, please get in touch.

Our experience in Inquests

Our expertise in advising, guiding and representing families during inquests is second to none. We’ve recently been involved in inquests into the deaths of:

  • A young father following a failure to diagnose an aortic dissection
  • A young mother following a failure to take precautions against a deep vein thrombosis during ankle surgery
  • A young father suffering from mental health issues who committed suicide after he was allowed to leave a psychiatric unit unsupervised
  • A baby who died within hours of its birth following problems with the labour

In some cases, medical practices have been changed as a result of the issues we’ve raised, and in others personal injury or medical negligence settlements have followed.

Tees is a top-tier Legal 500 Medical Negligence firm.  We are one of the longest-standing and most highly respected claimant medical negligence practices in the region, and we work with only the best independent medical experts.

All of our Team are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a number of our solicitors sit on specialist panels for the Law Society and AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents).

What to do next

We're here to listen. We understand that you may feel angry, confused, anxious or nervous, but you’ll find our Inquest Team friendly and easy to talk to.

We build our service around your individual needs - we’ll guide you and support you every step of the way.

Call our Medical Negligence solicitors on 0800 0131165

For a free, confidential, no obligation chat, or fill out our enquiry form and we will let you know how we can help.

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We understand your situation and our expert team are here to help

Get in touch to speak with someone who can help you move forward.

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