The Coroner will not investigate all deaths. However death resulting from an industrial disease such as the asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma is deemed “unnatural” and in most cases the Coroner will begin an Inquest of his own accord.


A post-mortem examination can provide new and unexpected medical information about the cause of death. That information may be relevant to any compensation claim. When a claim has begun it is important that the defendant is informed of the death and is given the Coroner’s details. If the Defendant is not given the opportunity to obtain relevant medical information then the civil court might not allow any compensation claim to be made at all; especially where lung cancer is involved.