In order to lodge a claim with the Road Accident Fund one needs to request and obtain a great deal of documentation, including the accident report, witness statements, case docket, all medical and clinical records from doctors and hospitals, as well as expert medico-legal opinions with regard to your injuries.
This can be complicated and expensive to handle on your own, which is why you will benefit from the professional assistance of experienced firms like Labour Law & Associates. We know what is required and we work with the RAF on a regular basis to ensure that our client’s claims receive the attention they deserve.
Having legal representation from early on in your claim process also safeguards against Prescription. One only has two years to lodge a hit-and-run claim and three years to lodge an identified claim and it is therefore imperative that the claim is lodged before this time period lapses.
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What you can claim
If you’ve been injured as a result of a road accident and the accident wasn’t solely your fault, you can claim for the following:
Past and Future Medical Expenses
You can claim for all medical expenses arising from the injury, provided you can prove that the injury wasn’t sustained before the accident. No limit, or cap, currently applies to the compensation you can claim for medical expenses.
Loss of Income
You can claim for loss of income due to your injury, currently up to a limit of R297,877. This value is adjusted periodically for inflation.
You can claim general damages for pain and suffering from the RAF if you sustained a serious injury (as determined by legally defined criteria).
This cover applies for all road users, including motor vehicle drivers and passengers, motorcycle drivers and passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Also, if a close family member or a family breadwinner is killed in a road accident, you can claim for:
Loss of Support
It’s possible to claim compensation for loss of support, up to R297,877. This value is adjusted periodically for inflation, at the same time as the cap on RAF loss of income claims.
Compensation for funeral costs is limited to the cost of cremating the deceased or interring the remains.
For the best chance of a successful claim against the RAF, use the services of a suitably qualified attorney, who can guide you through the claims process and represent your interests. At Labour Law Associates, all our attorneys are highly experienced in personal injury law and offer many years of combined experience in handling Road Accident Fund claims.