ash@burnetts.co.uk / sjt@burnetts.co.uk.  A brief statement from Mrs Ross' family can be found here.

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Inquest of Mrs Dorothy Ross

Inquest of Mrs Dorothy Ross

Media enquiries relating to the inquest into the death of Mrs Dorothy Ross should be directed to Angela Huck or Suzanne Thompson on 01228 552222 or by email to ash@burnetts.co.uk / sjt@burnetts.co.uk.  A brief statement from Mrs Ross' family can be found here.

The inquest into the death of Mrs Dorothy Ross, a retired dinner-lady from Whitehaven is taking place from Wednesday 30th July to Friday 1st August 2014 inclusive and Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th August 2014 at The Coroner’s Court in Cockermouth. 

Mrs Ross died at the West Cumberland Hospital on 18th April 2013, aged 75, following a fall at home for which she was due to have surgery to her hip. 

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has already accepted liability for its failure to recognise, in a timely fashion, that the blood-thinning drugs given to Mrs Ross had led to her over-anticoagulation.  

Because of the circumstances surrounding the death of Mrs Ross,  the inquest is being held under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights which expands the scope of the inquest to include an investigation into “by what means and in what circumstances” a death occurred. The Coroner will be investigating whether systemic failures at the hospital were responsible for Mrs Ross’ death.

Following the HM Coroner’s verdict a full statement will be issued by Mrs Ross’ children, Mr Ian Ross (46) and Ms Gillian Mudie (42). 

In the meantime Mr Ross said, “The inquest is a daunting prospect for us both and it would have been unthinkable to face this without the help of a legal team. However, there is no public funding available to families for legal representation at inquest, except in very rare and strict circumstances.  Gill and I have had to bring a claim against the Trust to raise the funds to pay for legal representation at the inquest. Meanwhile the Trust is able to access monies from the public purse to pay for its lawyers. It is very unfair.” 

The family is represented by Mrs Lynne Hall, a solicitor from Burnetts’ specialist medical law team based at Burnetts’ West Cumbria office at Cockermouth. Dr Evelyn Pollock from Hailsham Chambers is acting as Counsel. 

Media enquiries relating to the inquest into the death of Mrs Dorothy Ross should be directed to Angela Huck or Suzanne Thompson on 01228 552222 or by email to ash@burnetts.co.uk / sjt@burnetts.co.uk.  

Published: Thursday 31st July 2014
Categorised: Medical Negligence, West Cumbria

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