Coroner

A "coroner" is an official who investigates deaths that occur under certain circumstances, such as when the death was sudden, violent, or unexplained. The role of a coroner is to determine the cause of death and to identify any parties who may be responsible. This process is known as an "inquest".

If the death of the claimant loved one occurred in such circumstances, the Coroner will be responsible for conducting an initial investigation to find out how, when and where the death occurred and the cause of death.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the Coroner may decide that an inquest is needed, which is a formal inquiry into the cause of death.

When making a claim, the findings of an inquest may have an impact on any claim for compensation. An inquest may also provide valuable evidence that can be used in support of a claim.

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