Latest Inquest Stories

2013-07-30 10:31:35

And less likely to proceed to inquest or be given verdict of unnatural death than men Doctors in England and Wales are much less likely to report a woman's death to a coroner than they are a man's, reveals research published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology. Furthermore, women's deaths are less likely to proceed to an inquest, and those that do are less likely to result in a verdict of "unnatural" death than men's, with some coroners particularly likely to favor a verdict...

2012-01-31 09:47:43

Coroners are more likely to hold inquests for deaths involving younger people or people who died of fatal complications from medical care, according to a study from University of Melbourne experts and published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal.) Coroners must usually be notified of a death if it was violent or unexpected, if the identity of the deceased is not known, or if the deceased was in the custody or care of the state when he or she died. Australian researchers...

2012-01-30 12:35:18

Coroners are more likely to hold inquests for deaths involving younger people or people who died of fatal complications from medical care, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Australian researchers compared characteristics of deaths investigated through inquests with characteristics of the much larger number of investigations that take place behind closed doors. They looked at data on 20 379 deaths in five Australian states over seven and a half...

2011-10-07 11:06:46

Editorial: Coroners' verdicts and suicide statistics in England and Wales The increasing use of "narrative verdicts" by coroners in England and Wales may be leading to greater underestimation of suicide rates, warn experts on bmj.com today, based on ongoing research part funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Professor David Gunnell at the University of Bristol and colleagues from the Universities of Oxford and Manchester say changes are needed urgently to ensure...

2008-10-04 18:00:24

THE inquest into the death of a grandmother who was given a lethal injection by a student nurse has closed. Edna Alker, 91, of Orrell, died after receiving a fatal dose of potassium chloride by trainee nurse Rebecca Riley. The John Moores university student had misunderstood instructions from her supervisor and had administered the injection in one go instead of over the course of a few hours, the inquest heard. Ms Riley was a week off completing her training at the high dependency...

2008-09-28 18:00:32

A SPINSTER who lived alone in a tiny flat and worked in a charity shop has stunned friends by leaving pounds 3million in her will. Marjorie Lock left much of the fortune she inherited from her family's furniture business to charity. The 80-year-old took her own life because she could not face suffering from a long-term illness. An inquest heard she was suffered from depression and osteoporosis, and had previously cared for her late brother who had Parkinson's disease. She left...

2008-08-29 18:00:39

MEDICS battled to save a man in the back of a vehicle in a hospital car park, an inquest heard. Friends of Adam James Mason, aged 22, of Cardar Drive, Brierley Hill, took him to Russells Hall Hospital. Doctors and nurses treated him in the back of the car before transferring the painter and decorator to the intensive care unit, where he later died. Black Country coroner Robin Balmain adjourned the inquest. A post- mortem revealed his cause of death to be hypoxic brain damage due to...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'