With a general election set to take place in 2015, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has outlined the key areas it would like the next government to focus on.
Its ‘election manifesto’ suggests that more could be done to help prevent injuries and, crucially, to ensure those who are injured through no fault of their own get the care and compensation they deserve.
Caring for victims
While the issue of compensation is undoubtedly vital, APIL has focused on the efforts made to get personal injury victims back on their feet after an injury.
Rehabilitation is a key area that it has identified, specifically the need to make sure it is more readily available. This is essential to help victims recover from their injury as quickly as possible so that their life can return to normal.
APIL suggests a greater focus on psychological injury is also required, and proposes a reform in the law to offer more help to those affected by the injury or death of a loved one.
The subject of compensation for the bereaved is also mentioned, with APIL highlighting the fact that the amounts awarded to families who have lost a loved one is often less than that given to injured victims.
Protecting injured workers
One of the main worries for an injured worker is that making a claim against their employer will leave them open to prejudicial treatment and create an atmosphere where they are unable to continue in their role.
While it is already the case that this should not be allowed to happen, APIL feels more needs to be done to protect the rights of the employee in these situations.
It is also calling for a repeal of the controversial Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, which from October 2013 has removed the possibility of claiming compensation solely on the basis of health and safety breaches. While this remains a criminal offence, victims must now show that their employer was at fault or negligent in order for their claim to be successful.
Get advice from an experienced solicitor
If you have been injured in an accident, the best way to make sure your rights are protected is to speak to an expert personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.
Croftons Solicitors are vastly experienced in assisting victims across a range of cases, and you can be sure we will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you are properly compensated and that you are given the necessary treatment to recover from your injuries.
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