Being injured in a motor vehicle accident, during a slip and fall, by a dog attacking you, due to medical negligence or in an aviation accident, is a traumatic event. While you are trying to heal, you also have to deal with the stress of the medical procedures as well as the bills. Choosing the best legal representation shouldn’t add to your worries.

We’ve compiled the top 3 things to consider when appointing a personal injury attorney:


Always appoint an attorney who has specialised knowledge in the area of law that your case is in and who has a proven track record. Ask questions about your type of case and the claims that they usually take on to ensure the attorney is a good fit for you. An experienced attorney will be able to get you the maximum compensation for the damages that you are entitled to.

At Elmarié de Vos Attorneys, we have been practicing personal injury law in South Africa since 1999 and we specialise in motor vehicle accident claims with the Road Accident Fund (RAF), medical malpractice claims, aviation accidents, as well as personal injury claims such as slip and falls and dog attacks. Our legal team has access to a wide network of specialists that can be utilised to ensure a successful claim.

For those that have been injured on South African roads, our attorneys have worked at the RAF and are especially well positioned to help accident victims lodge a successful claim and get compensation for their medical expenses, loss of income and general damages for pain and suffering for people that have serious injuries.


A great concern for people to consider when appointing an attorney is the costs that are involved. It is best to look for a law firm that operates on a contingency fee basis; which means that there are no upfront costs and you only pay the attorney if your case is won. Only once financial compensation is received, the attorney’s fee is deducted from the payment received.

Ask the attorney about the percentage that is taken if you are successful so that you know in advance what to expect. Always read the fine print and ask about any extra fees or charges that you could be expected to pay.

At Elmarié de Vos Attorneys, we do not require any amounts to be paid by our clients before the successful finalisation of the claim. Our fees come out of the award that you receive and are subject to the Contingency Fee Agreement as set down by the Law Society of South Africa.

It is crucial that we settle claims as quickly and effectively as possible in the best interest of the client, due to the fact that we do not receive any money for fees until date of successful finalisation and the payment of the capital award. Any client is, of course, entitled to waive a Contingency Fee Agreement and work on an Attorney-and-own-client fee structure from the onset.

The personal touch: communication and availability

It is vital that you instruct an attorney that you feel comfortable with and that is patient and willing to give you regular updates on your case. Lines of communication must be open, whether you are updated via email, phone or in person, and the attorney you choose must be able to address any concerns and answer all questions.

At Elmarié de Vos Attorneys, our attorneys and our staff are passionate about the law and dedicated to our cases and clients. At our offices in Gauteng and Cape Town, we concentrate on alleviating the client’s uncertainty regarding the legal aspects of a claim. Every case is unique and no client is just a number to us – we always make extra effort to ensure that our clients feel heard and informed every step of the way.

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The information on these web pages is provided for general information purposes and is not intended to be stand-alone legal advice. Always consult a suitably qualified attorney for individual advice regarding your legal matter.