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Campaigning for injured people

Campaigning for injured people is an important focus for one Doncaster solicitor.

John McQuater, who recently celebrated 40 years at Atherton Godfrey, has taken the top role at a national not-for-profit organisation that campaigns for injured people.

John, who heads our litigation department, is now president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

As an accredited specialist with particular expertise in brain injury and fatal injury claims, as well as claims for people who suffer negligent patient care, John frequently works with those dealing with the aftermath of catastrophic injuries.

Discussing his appointment, John said: “I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to bring to the association my four decades of experience in representing injured people.

“Being part of APIL offers a chance to work collaboratively with lawyers up and down the country whose focus is on delivering the best possible help to injured people.

“It’s a challenging time because of proposed legal reforms which could reduce the compensation people need to put their lives back on track when they’ve suffered an injury. APIL will continue to be an important voice speaking out for those who need to be heard. injured people need a voice, need representation, and need redress.”

Current APIL campaigns include calls for an overhaul of the law on bereavement compensation in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which is out of step with modern family relationships. As the law stands, certain close relatives, such as step-parents and grandchildren, are denied statutory damages when their loved one is wrongfully killed.

APIL is also campaigning for a solution to the patient safety crisis in the NHS. It proposes the appointment of a Patient Safety Commissioner with a wide remit of providing strategic coordination and an over-arching link between patients, regulators, healthcare providers and policymakers.