The question of Inquests…
Following a death at work or caused by work there will be an Inquest. Inquests can be the only occasion when evidence surrounding a fatal accident is fully explored by a court and witnesses required to give evidence.
Coroners have a duty to ensure relevant facts surrounding a death are fully, fairly and fearlessly investigated and relevant facts exposed to public scrutiny. This can result in an organisation’s policies and procedures designed to protect its employees and members of the public coming under the microscope. Directors, managers and employees can all be called to give evidence at an Inquest.
It is essential that organisations and individuals are properly prepared and represented at an Inquest. Findings and conclusions of Coroners and Juries can have a significant impact on any future civil and criminal proceedings.
Media management is also essential. Inquests are public hearings and damaging publicity during and after the Inquest can have a significant impact on your reputation.
To help you prepare for attendance at an Inquest and manage the immediate aftermath, we offer advice and assistance throughout the process; from the immediate aftermath of a fatal accident to the final hearing including:
- Accident investigation
- Preparation of witness statements for the Coroner
- Support and guidance to directors, managers and employees called as witnesses by the Coroner
- Advice and assistance in responding to requests from the Coroner
- Representation at pre-Inquest hearings and the Inquest
- Media strategy and management