The South African Road Accident Fund may be your lifeline if you are involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. Nobody expects to be in an accident. You don’t set out on a journey in the morning thinking, “today is a fine day for an accident”. It is something that just happens. In reality it is estimated that 68 000 people are seriously injured in road accidents in a year, according to Arrive Alive statistics. Many of these people are injured through no fault of their own. If you were involved in an accident and sustained a serious injury, would you have the means to rebuild your life?
What is the South African Road Accident Fund?
The South African Road Accident Fund is a form of social and public insurance. It is funded in part by a fuel levy paid on every litre of petrol that is purchased. In the case of a vehicle accident wherein you sustain serious injury, you can claim from the Fund. You can claim for general damages, medical expenses, future medical expenses and loss of income past and future.
It is possible to submit your own claim to the Fund without the assistance of a lawyer. Bearing in mind that a settlement once paid cannot be re-opened, it is of utmost importance that the right amount is claimed at the outset. For this reason it is recommended that you use the services of those with experience and expertise in successful claims.
Who can assist if you suspect you have a claim?
Paul du Plessis Attorneys specialise in personal injury claims, including claims with the Fund. They have achieved many landmark settlements that have enabled clients to rebuild their lives. Paul du Plessis Attorneys will properly quantify your claim. They have access to leading specialists that will ensure that your claim is appropriate to address your needs. If you or a family member has sustained a serious injury in a vehicle accident, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys. They will advise if your claim has merit and if you should seek recourse with the South African Road Accident Fund.