Coroner’s inquests are often called to investigate deaths at hospitals or other health care institutions. Under the Coroner’s Act the Coroner’s jury is charged with answering questions relating to the circumstances surrounding the death. Health care professionals and other professionals are often called to testify in such proceedings in order to provide the context for the care received by the deceased. These proceedings can be highly publicised media events which may lead to adverse consequences for the professional in the realm of malpractice litigation and discipline proceedings.
Our approach is proactive. We seek to ensure that systemic issues currently affecting health care institutions are addressed throughout the proceedings and in the jury’s recommendations. Our services include:
- seeking standing for individuals and organizations who are affected by the inquest’s mandate;
- preparing clients for testifying at inquests;
- cross-examining witnesses at inquests;
- preparing submissions and recommendations for the Coroner’s jury;
- providing advice and if necessary representation on related criminal law, malpractice, disciplinary, and employment issues.