If you’re involved in a personal injury case, you’ll want to make sure that the legal firm handling the case is the right one for the job. As well as considering the firm’s track record, it’s a good idea to ensure that it’s part of the South African Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (SAAPIL).
Who they are
SAAPIL represents all South African lawyers who specialize in the field of personal injury. Its goals are to enable personal injury lawyers to present a unified front for dealing with challenges in their field, and to promote reform in the field wherever it may be required or appropriate.
Members of SAAPIL are assessed by its executive committee, chaired by Ronald Bobroff and his deputy, Tony Berlowitz, and accepted on the grounds that they fall within the categories set out in the SAAPIL constitution.
SAAPIL has fought long, hard battles to protect the interests of both personal injury lawyers and the clients they represent, upholding the principles of the South African constitution and the protection of the judiciary.
For example, SAAPIL has fought cases against the Health Special Investigation Unit and the Road Accident Fund, or RAF, due to its direct payment system.
RAF direct payment case
Thanks to an interdict launched by SAAPIL and the Law Society of South Africa shortly after the RAF announced its intent to introduce a direct payment system in 2008, personal injury lawyers can continue to offer legal assistance to clients without incurring an unacceptable level of risk. This includes offering “no win, no fee” services.
Choosing SAAPIL accredited attorneys
SAAPIL-affiliated attorneys have extensive experience in the personal injury field and so are well equipped to advise clients with personal injury claims.
SAAPIL lawyers also offer their services on a “no win, no fee” basis, ensuring that everybody who needs it has access to justice.