Listeriosis: what are your consumer rights?

The outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa has caused not only fear and concern but numerous deaths. Cited as one of the worst outbreaks in the world, it took several months to pinpoint a source. Now that a major processed meat producer has been targeted, there is still some way to go in evaluating this facility as the key or only source, and some confusion as to the possible recompense for those who have suffered because of what may be negligence.

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.

National Wills Week: Let an Attorney Write Your Will for Free

The following information was provided by the Law Society of South Africa.

6 reasons why you should have a will

  1. It is your right to decide who should inherit your assets.
  2. You must ensure your family is provided for in terms of your last wishes.
  3. Your assets will be left to the beneficiaries of your choice.
  4. The executor who is appointed is someone you know, trust and may have chosen yourself.
  5. You will avoid extra or unnecessary costs.
  6. You will avoid unhappiness and conflict among members of your family because there are clear instructions on how to distribute your assets.

Press Release | Does the Road Accident Fund Really Care for the Claimants?

It has been reported far and wide that it is in the public’s best interest to approach the Road Accident Fund (RAF) and lodge their cases directly with them. Not only will they settle your case fairly; they will also save you the legal fees of involving an Attorney. However, a Bellville-based personal injury law firm, Simpsons Attorneys, claims that the RAF and/or their employees are clearly not resourced, experienced or willing to care enough to handle the number of claims they receive with the necessary diligence and skill required. Further the obvious conflict of interest in dealing with these matters should no longer be ignored.

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