April 29, 2019 Legal

Inquests – what care providers need to know

Care is an inherently challenging area to work in. As a social care provider you may well become involved in inquest proceedings, following the death of a service user.

In brief, an inquest is a formal investigation led by a coroner to determine the circumstances of a death. A coroner will hold an inquest in specific circumstances, such as when they believe that a person has died a violent or unnatural death, the cause of death is unknown or where the deceased died in custody or other state detention.

The nature and extent of the preparation required will vary greatly, depending on the specific facts of the death and the approach of the coroner managing the case. You may benefit from legal advice throughout the inquest process, whether in relation to preparing witness statement evidence, understanding your duties to disclose certain documents or for representation in the inquest hearing itself.

Being involved in an inquest can understandably be very daunting for you and your team, particularly where staff are called to give evidence in the hearing. Issues are commonly raised which are potentially harmful to the reputation of your business, and can be associated with negative press coverage.

For a more detailed review of the inquest process from a care provider perspective, you can find our full post at www.roydswithyking.com/info-hub/.

Our specialist Health & Social Care team can provide you with advice on the inquest process and how to protect your business as a care provider. To find out more, contact Ali Cloak (pictured above), Senior Associate, specialist in medical negligence claims and inquests and a member of our Health and Social Care team at Royds Withy King on 01225 730 210 or email ali.cloak@roydswithyking.com


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