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

Westminster

2019 General Election
We all have the right to live our lives without fear of needless injury, whether that is at work, at school, in hospital, or on the road. At the General Election in December we wanted parliamentary candidates to think about how needless injuries can be avoided, and what can be done by the Government and MPs to make our workplaces, hospitals and roads safer.

This is why we asked parliamentary candidates to become champions for the prevention of needless injuries.

But when the worst does happen, it is vital that we have a justice system which works for, and not against injured people. Too many people are let down by our justice system simply because they don't have the right type of disease, or because their relationship with a loved one who has died isn't recognised by the Government as being close or loving enough.

We need a civil justice system which is fairer for injured people and bereaved families, and we wanted candidates to:

  • support the modernisation of the law on bereavement damages in England and Wales, bringing it in line with the law in Scotland;
  • support the creation of a fund of last resort for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases;
  • commit to ensure injured people receive full and fair compensation.

You can read APIL's 2019 General Election manifesto here


Select committees

APIL often provides both written and oral evidence to parliamentary select committees and joint committees. In this section you can read about APIL's work with those committees. 

2017-2019 parliamentary session

The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry on the draft Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2019. The purpose of the Order is to extend the eligibility of bereavement damages to cohabiting couples. APIL's evidence to the joint committee can be read here.

The House of Commons Justice Select Committee launched a short inquiry into the small claims limit for personal injury. APIL's written evidence to the committee can be read here, and a supplementary submission can be read here.

The House of Commons Justice Select Committee conducted pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's draft personal injury discount rate legislation. APIL president Brett Dixon gave evidence to the committee in November 2017, and a recording of that session can be viewed here. APIL's written evidence to the committee can be read here. The committee's report on the proposals can be read here. The Government's response to the Committee was published in March 2018, and can be read here.

 


Get Involved

We always welcome input from our members and have found this a great help in the past, particularly with our campaign on the small claims court. If you would like any more information on our current campaigns, or how you can get involved and help us fight for the rights of injured people, please contact Sam Ellis, public affairs officer on 0115 943 5426 or by clicking here.

APIL members can read more about our campaign activity in our membership publications.