The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL):

A Look at the APIL’s Work

Based in Nottingham, England, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to enhancing injured people’s access to justice for more than 25 years.

gavelThe APIL includes about 3,800 members, including barristers, solicitors and legal executives, who are focused on improving the personal injury laws and processes in the United Kingdom.

In addition to providing a network of communication for its members, the APIL also provides a range of services to injured people and accident survivors, including those who have lost loved ones to fatal accidents.

APIL Services: How the APIL Serves Injured People

The APIL provides a variety of online and office-based services for injured people, including:

• Help finding local personal injury lawyers – The APIL has resources and directories that can help people find local lawyers who specialize in various types of personal injury cases. Via online features that allow users to search by postcode or town, it’s possible to find various types of local personal injury attorneys, such as a:

  • Road or car accident attorney
  • Work accident lawyer
  • Medical and clinical negligence attorney
  • Trip/slip and fall accident lawyer.

• Education about how to protect themselves – Through online campaigns, email newsletters, blogs and other resources, the APIL provides insider information to injured people regarding how they can protect their rights and possible claims to compensation.

• Advocacy to promote their interests, as well as changes to the law – Through its Parliamentary Room, the APIL shares its latest advocacy work and activities aimed at advancing personal injury laws, improving the legal process and, ultimately, promoting justice for injured people.

Additional APIL Services & Activities

In addition to its services for injured people, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers also:

• Provides a range of services for its members, including (but not necessarily limited to) email newsletters, ongoing training, help finding expert witnesses and access to industry-leading databases and directories. The APIL offers different levels of membership for specific types of legal professionals, with services (and pricing) varying for practitioners, paralegals or support staff, students, barristers, junior barristers and others.

• Works with a number of charities, particularly those that serve injured people. As the APIL explains on its site, “some of our most rewarding work has involved liaison with the charities who look after people trying to rebuild their lives after injury or bereavement.” Just some of the charities that the APIL works with include:

  • Headway (a brain injury association)
  • Aspire (a spine injury charity)
  • Mesothelioma UK (an organization supporting those with asbestos cancer)
  • The Children’s Trust Tadworth (a charity for children with multiple disabilities).

The U.S. Counterpart to the APIL: The National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (NAPIL)

Similar to the APIL, the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (NAPIL) is the unaffiliated U.S.-based counterpart to the APIL, providing:

• Membership and networking services to personal injury attorneys and other legal professionals throughout the U.S.
• Legal support for injured people by helping connect them with local personal injury lawyers – Like the APIL, the NAPIL allows injured people to search for local attorneys specializing in various types of personal injury claims, such as (but not limited to) those for traffic accidents, dangerous or defective products, medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death.
• Resources for the media, lawmakers and the general public to “promote justice for the aggrieved.”

By: Gary Bell


References: NAPIL, APIL , FindLaw, American Bar Association 

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