Road Accident Fund Claims
Victims of road accidents often suffer permanent life-changing injuries.
Our focus is to help you get back on the road to recovery and to rebuild your life as quickly as possible.
With more than 25 years of experience in personal injury and Road Accident Fund claims we are able to ensure that our clients who are victims of road accidents receive top-class expert legal services.
The expenses related to quantifying (valuing) your road accident fund claim is carried by us until the claim is finalized. You can expect to receive service and results that we are proud of.
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Negligence and Personal Injuries
Who Can Claim?
The Road Accident Fund exists to assist all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, should they be injured due to another person’s negligent driving.
One of the main requirements is that the accident should be caused by another person’s negligent driving. Thus if you lost control of your own vehicle by falling asleep or swerved for an animal in the road, you will not be able to claim from the Road Accident Fund.
Parents or guardians can assist their minor children to claim and also claim for any expenses they might have had due to their children’s injuries.
Dependants of injured persons, such as spouses and minor children can claim if a breadwinner in their household passes away. This is known as a loss of support claim.
What Can You Claim?
If you are injured, you can claim compensation for bodily injuries and financial loss related thereto.
You can claim for:
- Medical and related expenses;
- Loss of income or loss of ability to work and earn an income;
- General damages such as pain and suffering etc in case of a serious injury such as amputation.
Your case has to be supported by evidence such as reports by medical experts, advising the court on your injuries and the financial impact it has had on your life.
You cannot claim for damage to your car or valuables such as a cellphone or sunglasses. Your claim is based only on the physical injuries you sustained and any damage related thereto.
When To Claim?
To start a RAF claim, documents have to be submitted to the RAF within time limits prescribed by laws. It is important to obtain legal advice for your unique situation. If a claim is not done in time is will lapse or “prescribe”.
Your attorney can assist you to ensure that the forms are completed and submitted correctly to avoid your claim being dismissed later.
There are different time limits for a claim:
- Hit and run – where the driver or owner of the vehicle is unknown the forms and certain documents have to be submitted within 2 years.
- Identified driver – where the driver or vehicle has been identified the claim forms and certain documents have to be submitted within 3 years.
Exceptions exist for children under 18 and individuals with mental handicaps or disability.
You should contact an attorney for advice. Remember it is an offense for any person who is not an attorney to do a claim on your behalf or charge you a fee.