Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Regional newspapers: Being late is taken more seriously than being injured needlessly

28 Jan 2020
APIL news

On trains we see multiple posters plastered up and down the carriages reading “Delayed train? Your compensation isn’t far away”. A news story last week claimed that not enough people know they are entitled to compensation for delayed flights. We are actively encouraged to claim redress for being late.

Yet people who are injured by someone else’s careless driving, who must take time out of work, go through physical pain, and endure the impact on family and social life, are often derided for having the nerve to claim compensation. A three-hour flight delay is apparently worth £505. Personal injury reforms mean that three months of pain from a soft tissue injury will be ‘worth’ just £235. It is completely unfair and unacceptable that being late is taken more seriously than being injured needlessly. Bear in mind this is not about mistakes or mishaps, these are injuries which should never happen.

Gordon Dalyell

President

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

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The Times re: Tight leash on whiplash crash claims, 29 May, 02 Jun 2021
APIL calls for time limit on child abuse claims to be abolished , 11 Feb 2021
MoD shirking responsibility to pay compensation to injured veterans after six years, 28 Jul 2020
The Scotsman re: Rachel Henry and Alistair Kinley: Fraudulent and dishonest claims getting off Scot-free, 16 Jan 2020
To The Scotsman re: Scotland set to become first choice to bring personal injury actions , 04 Nov 2019

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