A Greater Manchester solicitor says the needs of injured people must be “put back in the hearts and minds of the Government and the general public”.
Neil Sugarman makes the comments as he steps into the role of vice-president of national not-for-profit campaigning organisation the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
“The hardest thing for someone after they've been injured is getting back to some sort of normal life,” said Neil. “I am absolutely passionate about promoting practical help and treatment for injured people to help heal their injuries and recover as much as possible. In almost every case, this type of rehabilitation can make a significant contribution to putting an injured person’s life back on track and can be as important as securing financial compensation.
“I want to get away from this negative perception that people who make personal injury claims are just sitting on the sofa waving their cheques in the air,” he went on. “The process goes far, far beyond money. It’s about getting justice and returning someone’s life as close as possible to how it was before that person was injured.
“Finding a lawyer whose work is of the highest quality is essential, which is part of APIL’s important work. APIL runs an accreditation scheme so that injured people can find lawyers who are trained, up-to-date, and experienced more easily”.
Neil has been the managing partner of GLP Solicitors in Bury since 1999 and is an accredited APIL Fellow.