Road Accident Fund Attorneys: Do You Qualify for a Claim Payout?
With the festive season fast approaching, you may already be preparing for the long trip to the coast or, perhaps, inland. Unfortunately, with thousands of people also rushing to their families or holiday destinations, many vehicle accidents can be expected. It is thus wise to know where you stand when it comes to the Road Accident Fund (RAF) before you set out on your journey. Of course, already knowing which attorneys to contact to help with an RAF claim is just as important.
Can You Claim from the Road Accident Fund in South Africa?
Yes, provided you meet the requirements. Speak to our attorneys to help determine whether you qualify and for what you can claim. You can claim if you are injured in an accident on a South African road involving another vehicle and in which you are not 100% at fault. You can be the driver of a vehicle, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian.
You can also claim for funeral costs, if a loved one has died in an accident on a South African road in which the person was not 100% at fault and you were responsible for covering the funeral costs. We strongly recommend seeking legal guidance from our Road Accident Fund attorneys on the matter, so as to eliminate delays of the payout of the compensation.
You can also claim for loss of financial support if the deceased was the breadwinner. Consult with our attorneys to determine if you qualify as a dependant.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child (under the age of 18) who suffered injury or died as the result of a road incident, you are entitled to claim from the RAF.
You can also claim if you are the curator of the deceased estate if the deceased passed away as the result of injuries sustained in a road incident in which the deceased was not 100% to blame.
For What Can You Claim?
You can claim for past and future loss of earnings, past and future medical costs, and loss of life amenities. In addition, you can claim for pain, trauma, and suffering if you have been seriously injured. As mentioned earlier, you can also claim for loss of financial support and the cost of a funeral.
What Affects the Success of the Claim?
Factors that affect the claim include the severity of the injuries, the circumstances surrounding the incident, your role in the incident, the period that has elapsed since the incident, and the accuracy of the information. Speak to our Road Accident Fund attorneys for more information about the claim submission and factors that affect the outcome of the claim.
*This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Call on our attorneys for legal advice, rather than relying on the information herein to make any decisions. The information is relevant as at the date of publishing – November 2019.