The Coroner is automatically involved when someone dies in certain circumstances. These include:
- No Doctor attended the deceased during his or her last illness
- The cause of death appears to be unknown
- The death occurred during an operation or in the immediate days following
- The death occurred at work or was due to industrial disease or poisoning
- The death was sudden or unexpected
- It is suspected that the death was due to violence or neglect
- The death was in other suspicious circumstances
- The death occurred in prison or in police custody
The Coroner’s involvement, in most cases, is a formality and an examination would normally be made to ascertain the cause of death.
In circumstances where the Coroner feels the death is not due to natural causes or is a result of an industrial disease, a formal inquest may be held. If this is the case, you will be kept informed by the Coroner’s Officer of the necessary procedures. The purpose of the Coroners service, when a death is reported, is:
- To establish whether a Coroner’s inquest is required
- To establish how, when, and where the person came by their death
- To assist in the prevention of future deaths
For further information on Coroners and Inquests, please Click Here.
If the Coroner is involved you do not have to wait for the Coroners verdict prior to contacting us, in most cases the funeral can still be arranged.