Few of us can imagine what it must be like to lose a loved one in circumstances that could and should have been avoided. When it does happen, families go through what is probably the most difficult time of their lives. They need support to help them get through it, but they also need answers about why their loved one was killed, especially if a public body was involved, such as a local authority or hospital.
A coroner’s inquest can be vital in revealing those answers and bereaved families can have a very important part to play in ensuring an inquest reaches an accurate and fair conclusion. Involvement in this can also help them find closure and start to rebuild their lives.
The problem is that, in most cases, those responsible for the death will have legal help at an inquest, funded by the public purse. Bereaved families need that same legal help to get the answers they need, but most cannot afford it and are likely to be refused legal aid.
This puts them at a huge disadvantage at a time when they need all the support they can get. That is why Simpkins & Co support a campaign by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to ensure bereaved families in these circumstances can have access to legal aid.
At Simpkins & Co we are specialists in helping people claim compensation when they have been injured through no fault of their own. We have long been accredited by APIL for our experience and expertise.