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)

Past letters to the press

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
Discount rate disparity in Northern Ireland must be addressed - Belfast Telegraph, 16 Jul 2019
Inquests for stillborn babies , 18 Jun 2019
RE: Firms still fuel rising costs as premiums fall (1 May), 01 May 2019
Regional letter - mesothelioma payment scheme must be extended for all asbestos related diseases, 03 Apr 2019
Regional letter - Psychiatric harm , 19 Dec 2018
Glasgow bin lorry tragedy , 28 Nov 2018

More past letters to the press

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