Every year, hundreds and thousands of motor accidents occur on our South African roads. The RAF (Road Accident Fund) is responsible for compensating the people who are seriously injured in accidents that they did not cause. The RAF also provides compensation for the dependents of those who are killed.
Even though the RAF is paying out millions every other month, many of the claims that are submitted to them will go unpaid because of weak or contradicting evidence which is supplied by the claimant.
Because of this, it is strongly advised that you make use of the services of an experienced attorney for these types of claims. At Paul du Plessis we will assist you in creating the strongest claims possible so that you are getting the claims you deserve.
Submitting a claim
There are certain prescribed forms that need to be submitted as part of your RAF claims. However, it will be left to the discretion of the claimant to decide what other supporting documentation to submit in order to substantiate the claim. Every road accident will be different, and the claim will be too. Without certain guidelines, it can become quite difficult for those who do not have the appropriate legal experience to determine exactly what needs to be included.
If you would like to lodge a claim, you will need to submit the details of the accident, medical reports, details of those involved, financial statements, witness statements, police report and any other documentation that is relevant. The documents that you supply will need to show the cause of the accident, substantiate the need for your claimed medical or financial support.
Because of the prevalence of fraudulent claims, it’s the sole responsibility of the claimant to prove that the claim is legit. It the RAF is not given enough evidence to support your claim, it will most likely be dismissed.
Paul du Plessis offer speialised medico-legal services to those who have suffered injuries at the hands of others. For more information, visit our website on www.pauldup.co.za or give us a call on 012 809 1588