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    Just a short note to say thanks again for your firms professional representation in this matter. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending David Gray Solicitors.

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    Would just like to thank Brian Hegarty for his invaluable help and guidance he has given myself and my family over the last few months. Many Thanks

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    Many many thanks for all your efforts on my behalf, as you can imagine the relief I feel at the outcome is immeasurable and it is all due to your knowledge and understanding of the case and situation I was in. Once again our gratitude and thanks.

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    I  have emerged with a result that I just could not have anticipated, mainly due to the in court efforts of Emma who was an absolute star in her presentation to the bench, I felt that she pushed it to the limit and was successful with her efforts.

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    You did a great job for Sam in court and we all appreciate how much worse it might otherwise have been.  Thank you so much.

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When someone dies ‘a sudden or unnatural death’ or a ‘sudden death of which the cause is unknown’ the death will be reported to the coroner and an inquest may be held.  Our specialist team in Newcastle or South Shields is here to guide you through this process.

Inquests are a judicial inquiry held to determine the cause of death.  It is presided over by a coroner who will sometimes sit with a jury.

The purpose of an inquest is to answer 4 questions with regard to the deceased:

  • who they were
  • where they died
  • how they came to die, and
  • how an individual came to die (often the most contentious aspect of an inquest).

The ranges of verdicts available are:

  • natural causes
  • industrial disease
  • dependence on drugs/non-dependent abuse of drugs
  • want of attention at birth
  • suicide/killed him or herself whilst the balance of his or her mind was disturbed
  • accident or misadventure
  • disaster which is the subject of a public inquiry
  • attempted or self-induced abortion
  • lawful killing
  • unlawful killing
  • open verdict – this means that the cause of death cannot be established and doubt remains as to how the deceased came to their death;
  • still birth, and
  • narrative verdict.

A narrative verdict, at an inquest, gives the jury an opportunity to expand upon its verdict, which can allow members to express opinions about the circumstances leading to the death of an individual.  Often narrative verdicts are critical of institutions where the jury feel s that there were short comings in their procedures or actions, where relevant to the death of the individual concerned. The coroner also has the power to make recommendations to relevant authorities such as the health authority, police or prisons, in the hope that a similar death can be avoided in the future.

Our specialist team has experience of representing families where death occurs in circumstances  that have included death in police custody, death as a result of police action, death in prison, death while in the care of a local authority or death as a result of industrial accident. If you need help or advice regarding inquests then contact our specialist team at our Newcastle upon Tyne or South Shields offices.

The team specialising in this area of work

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