Our medical negligence and fatal accident compensation solicitors based in our Salisbury office regularly represent families in Inquest hearings in Coroners Courts in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset – often under a No Win No Fee agreement – and to date, we have been successful in recovering costs for the families in every inquest.
How our Specialist Inquest Service Can Help
• Practical and expert legal advice on inquests. where happy to try whatever level of help you want – whether it’s simple advice or full representation.
• Free initial phone advice plus a free first face to face, video or phone interview with one of our specialist team – all with no obligation.
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Reporting a death to a Coroner
The circumstances surrounding a person’s death will determine whether or not their death is reported to the Coroner by the doctor involved.
Cases where the Coroner usually gets involved:
- Unknown cause of death
- Unexpected or sudden death
- Death from injury or accident
- Death during a surgical procedure
- Death whilst under anaesthetic
- Fatality from an industrial disease
If the death has been reported to the Coroner, the Coroner’s Office will notify the deceased’s relatives. The Coroner must authorise the registration of the death and the funeral.
The Coroner may order a post-mortem to determine the cause of death and does not need anyone’s permission to initiate this process. They can also call an Inquest, which looks into the circumstances surrounding the death. The Coroner’s Office will notify the relatives of the deceased in this situation. This is a legal formality, so there is normally no need to feel extra worry and distress about the Inquest.
The death cannot be registered until the Inquest has finished. However, in most cases, a relative will receive a certificate that allows a funeral to take place. It is important to note that this certificate is not the same as a Death Certificate. When the Inquest is over, a relative will receive the Death Certificate from the Coroner’s Office and can then register the death with a Registrar.
The Wiltshire Coroner’s Office
The Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner’s Office, based in Salisbury, are generally helpful and can explain the Inquest procedure to you – but they are simply unable to give you any legal advice.
Here are their contact details:
26 Endless Street Phone: 01722 438900 Email: WSCoronersOffice@wiltshire.gov.uk
Need Help with a Wiltshire Inquest? Contact us today.
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For more information from our specialist inquest lawyers, contact us today;
- Phone us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or our local Wiltshire office numbers, Salisbury (01722) 422300 or Amesbury (01980) 622992 or
- E-mail us using the online enquiry form below
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