Have you recently lost a loved one in a road accident caused by a negligent driver? It can be devastating to have to deal with the legal issues and administration after such an accident, on top of dealing with the grief and loss. You have family members to console, the legal work against the person responsible to handle, and a funeral to arrange. Don’t let it become overwhelming for you; turn to professional and compassionate attorneys to assist. At Paul du Plessis Attorneys, we are experts in legal counsel regarding road accidents. Whether your loved one was a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, if they were involved in an accident that was caused by someone else’s irresponsible driving, you can claim against the South African Road Accident Fund on their behalf.
Claiming against the RAF
Anyone who was legally and financially dependent on the deceased may claim against the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for compensation. This includes widow or widower, biological or adopted children, and indigent parents who have retired or require financial support. If you are one of the above, you can claim against the RAF for loss of support (financial loss). For road accidents resulting in loss of life, loss of support or maintenance is the only compensation recoverable. However, a very limited compensation is possible for funeral expenses. This only includes the funeral service, grave fee and casket costs. The compensation pay-out for loss of support is calculated based on apportionment of the deceased’s income according to the nature and number of dependents. Two portions of the income are allocated to a spouse, while one portion is allocated to a child and indigent parent.
Choose Paul du Plessis Attorneys
We are experienced, professional attorneys at law who specialise in RAF claims. We will handle your case with the sensitivity, compassion and dedication that it deserves. We aim to ensure that you and your family can attain some peace of mind after a devastating loss. Contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys today for legal assistance when claiming against the RAF on behalf of the deceased.