An inquest is a formal investigation by a coroner to establish how someone has died. Inquests are usually opened in the event of a sudden, unexpected death and where the cause is unknown. The aim of an inquest is to determine four elements, who has died and where, when and how they died. This process can take several months with evidence being collected and witnesses being interviewed.
Inquests are often very traumatic and emotional experiences for families, and for that reason, it can be invaluable to have professional support during the process.
A coroner cannot apportion blame or reach a finding of criminal or civil liability at the conclusion of an inquest- which can feel frustrating. As mentioned, the purpose of an inquest is to make a factual determination as to how someone came by their death.
Here at Graystons Solicitors we are experienced in dealing with fatal claims and may be able to provide support during the inquest process.
If you have recently been bereaved and have concerns this was due to medical negligence, please contact us to discuss your options.
As reported by BBC News, Susan Warby suffered a perforated bowel in July 2018 for which she received treatment from West Suffolk Hospital. After her surgery, Ms Warby was mistakenly given a dextrose drip instead of a saline drip and remained on the wrong drip for some 36 hours. Staff noted a rise in her blood sugar levels but, instead of checking the drip, they administered Ms Warby with insulin. This was held by coroner, Nigel Parsley, to have contributed to Ms Warby’s tragic death on 30th July 2018.
Delivering his conclusion, Nigel Parsley stated that “Susan Warby died as the result of the progression of a naturally occurring illness (her bowel perforation), contributed to by unnecessary insulin treatment, caused by erroneous blood test results.” He further stated that “This, in combination with her other co-morbidities reduced her physiological reserves to fight her naturally occurring illness.”
The Trust have apologised for the failings in Ms Warby’s care and have promised to review the coroner’s findings in detail.
At Graystons we are very experienced in helping guide families through inquests. In cases where clinical negligence has contributed to a loved ones death we are able to help you through the inquest process and help you to investigate what has happened and hopefully get some answers.