Helping a Fife family after tragic death of their daughter

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Innes Laing, Partner in Digby Brown’s Kirkcaldy office represented a family whose daughter very sadly died while in a local authority care facility.

Emma Cooksley was 36 when she lost her life after choking in a restaurant.  Emma suffered from a number of health problems, including cerebral palsy and Pierre Robin syndrome.  The latter meant Emma had difficulties chewing and eating solid foods.

Emma’s family came to Digby Brown for help investigating and understanding what happened to cause her tragic death.

The families’ story has been featured in a Sunday Post newspaper article.  The full Sunday Post article, which first appeared on 18 December, can be read online at

Innes Laing, Digby Brown Partner, said:

“As the family’s legal representative, my priority was to help them find answers to the many questions they had about Emma’s death.  This has been a process which has taken three years.  The Cooksley family have shown great dignity and determination throughout, in the face of many delays and obstacles. 

“Nothing can ever make up for the loss of a daughter and a sister but I hope that by investigating and finding answers about what happened, we can make sure lessons are learnt and no family has to undergo anything similar. “