How many accidents are there in the UK each year which cause injury to people? One estimate is 1.6 million – totalling up harmful incidents across workplaces, hospitals and on the roads. (There were 560,000 casualties on the roads in 2018). All of these are preventable injuries. Yet they can have permanent, life-changing consequences not just for the injury victims but also for their families. On the other side of the picture, the wrongdoer who caused the injuries – an employer, the NHS, a business, a local authority – can suffer damage to reputation as well as financial cost. Every year, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) hosts Injury Prevention Day. It encourages us all to think about ways we can adjust our conduct to minimise the risk of harm to others (e.g. avoiding tailgating the vehicle in front if we are driving). Everyone has a part to play in reducing accidental injuries but, for maximum effectiveness, the lead has to come from government. It is our Continue Reading
APIL - The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Below you can find our articles which include reference to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) - what it is, who it helps and how it serves as a benchmarker for solicitor expertise in personal injury law.
The Scottish Government is consulting on imposing a “duty of candour” for healthcare providers. In its response to the consultation, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a not-for-profit organisation which campaigns for the rights of injured people, has emphasised the need for medical and social care staff to be forthcoming and open about medical mistakes. Marie Morrison and Peter Brash of Grigor & Young / Moray Claims are members of APIL and accredited as Senior Litigators by APIL. Grigor & Young’s Elgin Office has corporate accreditation from APIL. An apology would often be enough The experience of most solicitors who deal with claims for medical negligence is that the majority of people who are injured as a result of a medical blunder simply want a clear explanation of what went wrong and what happened. The injured person wants to know that any lessons which could have been learned from the experience have been learned and will be put into practice for the Continue Reading
If you live in Moray or have been injured in an accident which happened in Moray, here are some factors to consider if you need to choose a solicitor to help you with a personal injury claim. Are you going to use a local solicitor or one who is at a distance from you? A Moray solicitor will have local knowledge, which could be useful and give them an advantage over someone who is not based in the area. For some types of accident - for example, pavement tripping accidents - it can be crucial for someone (often, the solicitor!) to visit the locus of the accident as soon as possible after the accident in order to take photographs and make measurements. A local solicitor is going to be better-placed to carry out such work. Or maybe not. Google Streetview and other free online tools mean that a virtual visit to a locus is often possible and this may be sufficient, depending upon the type of accident. So, it may not be essential to have a local solicitor to deal with your Continue Reading
The Elgin office of Grigor & Young, Solicitors, has been granted corporate accreditation by APIL The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a national not-for-profit organisation which campaigns on behalf of injury victims, has awarded Grigor & Young’s Elgin office corporate accreditation with effect from May 2014. This mark of excellence highlights the firm’s commitment to the highest standards of client care, quality assurance and ongoing staff training. It follows the recent individual accreditation of Associate solicitor, Marie Morrison, as a Senior Litigator – a development which means that the firm’s Elgin office has two Personal Injury accredited specialists. Peter Brash of Grigor & Young said: "Marie and I have been members of APIL for many years and have benefited from the in-depth specialist training they provide. I live in Lossiemouth and Marie lives in Macduff." "We hope this latest APIL accreditation will convince the people of Continue Reading
Marie Morrison of Grigor & Young / Moray Claims has gained a further Personal Injury Accreditation Do you live in Moray or the surrounding area? If you live in Elgin or Forres (or anywhere else in Moray) and have to make a claim for compensation for personal injuries suffered as the result of an accident – on the roads, at work or elsewhere - you need a specialist, accredited solicitor to handle your case. You need to know that the person you are trusting to get the best outcome possible for you has the necessary experience and expertise. In the jungle of claims companies and solicitors firms which promote their personal injury services online and via other media, it is not always to know at first glance whether a particular organisation or person has the credentials to deal with your claim properly. Why accreditations are important Along with things like testimonials from previous satisfied clients, specialist accreditations can help you, as the consumer, gain Continue Reading
Peter Brash, Grigor & Young, APIL Senior Litigator Not every solicitor handles personal injury claims but, more importantly, not every solicitor who handles personal injury claims is a specialist. In previous posts, we have explained why you need a specialist personal injury solicitor, preferably local to you, to handle your claim for you; and how the Law Society of Scotland’s Accreditation scheme is one badge of recognition of skills beyond the ordinary in particular areas of law, such as personal injury. How else can you tell whether a solicitor is going to be up to the task of handling your claim? Membership of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) APIL is a not-for-profit organisation set up over 20 years ago to encourage accident prevention and assist accident victims through campaigns and lobbying. It has over 4,300 members, most of whom are UK-based solicitors. APIL’s headquarters are in Nottingham. The culture of the Continue Reading