An inquest is a legal inquiry into the cause of death where the deceased has died suddenly or unnaturally, or 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. It will not give a verdict of wrong or right.
Will I need legal representation?
Legal representation at an inquest is important. The specialist team at Wolferstans are experienced in this complex area of law and the emotional consequences the process can have on families, friends and loved ones. At times tragic accidents can attract media attention, which is not necessarily welcomed by those struggling to come to terms with such a loss. An experienced lawyer can act as an invaluable buffer or channel and keep such intrusions at arms length.
Wolferstans 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.
Making a Claim
We fully understand that compensation will never 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 you should seek specialist advice. The Solicitors at Wolferstans have experience of dealing with such claims. This might include:
A statutory award of bereavement damages for close relatives of £12,980;
financial dependency for lost family income;
the value of non-monetary skills or services provided;
projected losses into the future;
damages for the injuries sustained by surviving relatives (including physical and/or psychological effects);
other expenses such as travel, damage to personal possessions/property, etc.
What about Life Assurance Payments?
Many mistakenly assume that receiving payment from a Life Assurance Policy is their only entitlement. Generally speaking this is not the case, and neither should such payments be deducted from compensation awards. Our expert lawyers are able to advise you on such matters and can ensure that you receive your true entitlement.