What is an RAF Undertaking? 

Claiming from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) can be a timely, technical, and confusing process. There are many elements to RAF claims, one of which is an RAF undertaking process. Simply put, an RAF undertaking is defined by the fund as “a contract between an accident victim and the Road Accident Fund where the RAF pays back incurred medical expenses in accordance with the applicable legislation, due to the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident.” These medical bills might include past medical bills related to the accident and reasonable future costs as a result of it.

What is an RAF undertaking?

Undertakings occur when the RAF pays a victim back for any medical expenses incurred from the accident. Under RAF protocols, claims must be submitted within three years of the incident. However, it’s best to submit claims as soon as possible as they can take time to reach a settlement.

When it comes to the RAF undertaking, it’s important to remember the following:

  • The undertaking only reimburses illness or injury that was a direct result of the accident.
  • Experts who analyse each case will often give recommendations for the types of treatments and medical interventions that might be needed.
  • RAF payments are always made to the claimant unless otherwise agreed and as such, it is their responsibility to pay the service providers directly.
  • Interim undertaking payments might be applicable in certain instances even when a settlement has not yet been reached.
  • Always keep invoices, medical bills, and proof of payment as this might be needed when analysing undertaking claims.

Why Work with a Personal Injury Lawyer

When dealing with RAF claims and RAF undertakings, it is best to work alongside an experienced lawyer in the realm of personal injury law. Our lawyers have comprehensive knowledge of the system and understand how to navigate it effectively to get the best results.

Working with our seasoned attorneys has several benefits, including:

  • They possess an in-depth understanding of the legal system and personal injury law, making it a streamlined and stress-free process.
  • They are well-versed in the nuances and intricacies of the RAF system and all the paperwork needed to submit a comprehensive claim.
  • They can achieve the best possible outcome for you thanks to their sound legal knowledge and vast experience.
  • They will save you time and embark on the arduous task of collecting evidence and completing forms.

Reach Out to Our Legal Team 

If you are wondering about the validity of your RAF claim, then chat with our expert legal team and we will happily advise you on the best approach. Anyone injured on South African roads in a motor vehicle accident, who has a legitimate claim for medical compensation, might be able to access an RAF undertaking. When you work with one of our personal injury lawyers, they can ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome to cover all your medical expenses. For more information, reach out to our attorneys and we will gladly be of service to answer any queries that you might have.