Please note: this guide is intended for people living in England and Wales. We also have guides for those living in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
If you or someone in your family has suffered injury or contracted an illness as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may have the legal right to compensation for lost earnings, your pain and suffering, or other losses. APIL accredited lawyers can advise you how best to seek the most appropriate care and legal redress.
Who should you talk to?
Personal injury is a complex area of the law so it is important to use a specialist to ensure your compensation claim is handled properly.
You might be approached by unqualified non-specialists, who may only be interested in obtaining a percentage of your compensation and not in providing you with the best or most appropriate legal assistance for your particular needs. Care should be taken, as these companies may not be able to give legal advice: often acting as middlemen, passing your case on to someone else to handle.
An APIL accredited lawyer is committed to acting in your best interests. He or she will explain how much compensation you may be entitled to and will always give you clear and honest advice with your welfare in mind. APIL accredited lawyers are specialists and receive ongoing training to make sure they are always up to date with the latest developments in personal injury law.
Senior Litigator – usually five or more years’ experience, running their own personal injury caseload, and competent to lead and supervise the work of other PI lawyers.
Fellow – an APIL Senior Litigator, usually with over ten years’ experience, with a high level of technical expertise in personal injury law, including trial procedures, and who is recognised by their peers as being in a position of professional and intellectual leadership.
Senior Fellow – an APIL Fellow who can demonstrate outstanding contributions and accomplishments in personal injury law and practice.
Brain injury, clinical negligence and/or spinal cord injury specialist – an APIL Senior Litigator or Fellow who has demonstrated further competence in these specialist fields.
Do I have a claim?
If you think you may have a case for compensation following a personal injury or illness, you should contact an APIL accredited lawyer who will be able to give you honest and impartial advice.