The Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer

Many people will have been contacted and informed that they can get help following a recent motor vehicle accident. Operating through call centres, many legal advisors are contacting individuals randomly in the hope of identifying a significant number of potential clients. Combined with the image of ambulance chasers often portrayed in movies, this has not enhanced the public perception of personal injury lawyers. Despite the somewhat negative press, in South Africa alone, thousands of accident victims have every reason to be grateful to one of these extremely necessary legal specialists.

Road Accident Fund Claims – Cover for Those Affected by Traffic Incidents

UK visitors to South Africa may be somewhat confused upon learning that the nation’s citizens can claim from the RAF. In this case, however, the 3-letter acronym is not a reference to Britain’s Royal Air Force, but to a body established by a local act of parliament and known as the Road Accident Fund. Launched in May of 1997, it was intended as a replacement for the former Multilateral Motor Vehicle Accidents Fund and tasked with three main responsibilities.

A Fighting Chance – Why Medical Negligence Requires Firm Action

Christiano loves the beach and he adores cars. He is his parents’ only child and has recently celebrated his fifth birthday. Yet he is not running around, laughing or playing with his friends. Instead, when you look around the rooms of his home, you see a standing frame, a buggy, wheelchair and a walker. Christiano was born on 2 May 2012 at Karl Bremer Hospital. Due to negligent complications during his birth, he now has Cerebral Palsy. Current research suggests that the majority of Cerebral Palsy cases result from abnormal brain development or brain injury prior to birth or during labour and delivery. Accidents, abuse, medical malpractice, negligence, infections, and injury are some known risk factors that may lead to Cerebral Palsy. The journey for the child and the families involved is difficult at best. The costs of caring for such a child can be exorbitant.

The Value of Recruiting Expert Help with RAF Claims

Road traffic accidents (RTAs) have become an all too common feature of life in South Africa. Statistics for 2016 revealed that the death toll on our roads reached a peak of 14 071 during that year and is continuing to increase by more than 1200 year on year, annually. The number injured is even greater and the resulting cost of this carnage to the nation amounts to billions of rands each year. To assist those affected by an RTA, directly or indirectly, and through no fault of their own, the Road Accident Fund, or RAF, was established to evaluate and meet their claims where they are found to be valid.

Dos and Don’ts when Lodging a Rail Accident Fund Claim

If an individual should suffer loss or injury when boarding, travelling on, or disembarking from a train, or even whilst present on railway property, there is every chance that they could be entitled to financial compensation. However, just how much a victim is likely to receive or, indeed, whether they will be compensated at all may depend upon how that victim proceeds, following the incident. Not surprisingly, it will be necessary to submit an application to the appropriate authority to submit the rail accident fund claim. However, even though the claim may be a valid one, there are some important points that the claimant will need to observe in order to ensure the best possible outcome.
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