Coroner¹s inquests and the care provider

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The purpose of a coroner¹s inquest is often misunderstood. Solicitors Jeremy Allin and Peter Grose offer advice to any care home owner who may be called to give evidence One of the most daunting prospects faced by care home owners is receiving notification from a Coroner that an inquest is to be held following the death of a resident and that the home owner is required to give evidence. There are often circumstances where the Health and Safety Executive or the police have become involved, or where care home inspectors have indicated the possibility of lack of care on the part of the home. In such circumstances the home owner may feel exceedingly vulnerable. The duty to hold an inquest is set out in Section 8 of the Coroner¹s Act 1988. This includes a requirement to hold an inquest when the Coroner is informed that the deceased has died a violent or unnatural death, or has died a sudden death, the cause of which is not precisely known. If a death occurs within 24 hours of admission to a hospital the corone

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