If you think that a relative has died because of negligent medical treatment, perhaps following an operation in hospital then you should report your concerns to the Coroner.
Many medical deaths are not automatically subject to an inquest; or, if one is held, issues investigated can be very limited. It can very often take a lot of work by the family and their solicitor to convince the Coroner of the need to hold a full inquest.
It is important to remember that whether or not clinical negligence was a factor in your relative’s death will not be determined at the inquest. The inquest does not decide on any liability for the death. However, if a Coroner gives a narrative verdict at inquest then this can be very helpful in pursuing a claim for medical negligence following the inquest.
The TSP clinical negligence team have considerable experience representing families at inquests. If you find yourself in this type of situation and need help then please do contact us.