Helping ordinary people make sense of the personal injury compensation system – Wards Solicitors back new publication
A comprehensive booklet which aims to ensure that everyone understands their legal right to redress for personal injuries which were not their fault has been fully endorsed by Wards Solicitors' accident and injury specialist lawyers.
The publication, called Compensation Explained, has been produced by The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and explains in detail exactly how the compensation system works, why it's important that injured people are compensated and what it takes for them to receive compensation.
Aiming to reach those with little or no understanding of the legal system
APIL's chief executive, Deborah Evans, says: "Compensation Explained is a guide to the purpose of compensation for those who have little or no understanding of the system.
"Our aim is for everyone to understand the importance of a right to redress for suffering needless harm, regardless of whether or not they have experience of the system. We are determined to do all we can to ensure that some harmful and misguided perceptions about personal injury will be turned around."
Wards Solicitors' accident and injury specialist lawyers - a team with a growing reputation for excellence across the region - are all members of APIL, a not-for-profit organisation made up of 3,400 members committed to changing the law, protecting and enhancing access to justice and improving the services provided for victims of personal injury.
In addition, head of the team, Partner Alison Underhill holds APIL senior litigator status reflecting her 25-years-plus experience of seeking compensation on behalf of those who have been injured in accidents or as a result of negligent medical treatment. She has also been a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel since 1994
Experienced and independently validated team
The personal injury team at Wards Solicitors team is recommended by the independent Legal 500 2017 guide, Alison Underhill is a recommended lawyer for her clinical negligence and personal injury work and Partner Helen Boyd is singled out for her "approachable personality". Both are also listed as notable practitioners in the Chambers & Partners 2017 guide.
Solicitor Associate Angela Carnell is a recent addition to the team and brings 20 years of experience to her role having dealt with a wide variety of personal injury matters including road traffic accidents as well as accidents at work, fatal accidents, public liability, occupier liability and claims arising from faulty products. She joins Solicitor Richard Green whose areas of specialism include asbestos related illness and accidents involving animals.