Dear Clive My Mam recently passed away whilst in hospital. I was really unhappy with the care that my Mam received and think that it was disgraceful the way she was treated in the hospital and by her care home. There is going to be an inquest held about my Mam's death. Does this mean that I will get compensation for the family and will I need a lawyer? Sue Dear Sue Coroner's inquests are held to establish the cause of death and a coroner cannot award compensation. The inquest is a fact-finding investigation and the coroner will be careful not to consider any issues of liability during the inquest.
A claim for compensation for clinical negligence can be investigated at the same time as an inquest.
The clinical negligence team here are McKeag and Co will be able to provide you with more advice about what to expect at an inquest and may be able to offer you representation as well as advising whether you will be able to bring a claim.
Contact the clinical negligence team at McKeag & Co on 0191 213 1010 or firstname.lastname@example.org and they will advise you further.
Clive McKeag is senior consultant and former senior partner of McKeag & Co Solicitors. Contact McKeag & Co on 0191 213 1010 or visit www.mckeagandco.com