We often hear from clients that the inquest marks the beginning of the end of the grieving process when you have lost someone. Some of the questions are answered and the family feel they have been given a forum for their concerns.

Whilst a coroner cannot assign blame when someone has died, they can help explain to a family the events that led to the death, and the medical staff involved in the person's care can contribute to proceedings and assist the family as well.

However, it is unlikely in this case the ten year wait will have helped the family of Stephen Parker, who died from sepsis in June 2006.

It is still unclear what issues have caused this inquest to be delayed for this long.

Communication is key in a case where someone dies. Our client's often tell us that if they have been provided with open and honest answers to questions about medical treatment, then they would not feel the need to see legal advice and pursue a civil claim.

Let's hope that this kind of delay does not become the norm.

It is good to note that since Mr Parker's death, the hospital and staff have become more aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis and new systems are in place to identify this "silent killer".