The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury compensation claims are a complex area of law. It is essential that you employ an accredited personal injury specialist to ensure your claim is dealt with in the most professional manner, heightening your chance of success.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) was established in 1990 as a non-profit organisation providing official recognition to solicitors, barristers and legal executives specialising in personal injury law.
The principal aims of APIL are to provide legal assistance to those that have suffered a personal injury or illness through no fault of their own and, to campaign for an improved law to help these people. They now have more than 5,000 members.
Experienced personal injury lawyers
All accredited APIL lawyers have at least five years' experience of handling personal injury claims and many specialise in particular fields such as medical negligence, product liability or child injury. Depending on the amount of experience they have, they are known as Senior Litigators, Fellows or Senior Fellows.
When selecting a personal injury solicitor approved by APIL, you will have the opportunity to ask what level of accreditation they have and the level of experience that they have with specific types of personal injury cases. Read more about types of personal injury.
An initial consultation with an APIL lawyer is usually free from cost. This will allow you to discover whether you have an eligible compensation case. You will also be advised about funding; although legal aid is not available for most types of personal injury cases, many personal injury solicitors work on a no win no fee basis. Read more about the abolition of legal aid for personal injury cases.
APIL code of conduct
APIL is devoted to ensuring optimum standards of service to their clients and they offer all those that pursue personal injury claims the following assurances:
- APIL members will put your best interests first.
- APIL members will provide clear, impartial, honest advice about your case.
- APIL members will tell you if you will have to pay anything to pursue your case and, if so, how much.
- If you do have to pay to pursue your case, APIL members will charge you a fair price, with no hidden costs.
- APIL members will explain your legal position in plain language.
- APIL members who feel unable to deal with your case will act only in your best interests in suggesting a referral to another solicitor.
- APIL members will keep you updated about all aspects of your case.
- APIL members will consider other appropriate remedies as well as financial ones.
- APIL members will not cold call.
- APIL members will only publish advertisements which are accurate and truthful.
For more details about APIL please visit http://www.apil.com/