The Road Accident Fund (RAF) pays out millions of Rands each month to victims who have been injured on South African roads in accidents they did not cause. At the same time, the fund also provides compensation to anyone who was financially dependent on someone who died in a motor vehicle accident or to a close relative that paid for the funeral of somebody that passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
The sad fact is that many claimants who claim from the RAF never receive a cent in compensation as their claims are rejected due to supplying poor or weak evidence. It is difficult for most people to understand and comply with the strict rules and regulations required by the RAF in order to have a successful claim.
RAF encourages direct claims but the Law Society of SA warns claimants
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has publicly stated that they are concerned that the RAF is short changing road accident victims through hasty direct settlements.
‘Accident victims who are seriously injured and who make hasty settlements with the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for what might appear to them to be a significant sum without independent legal advice or before their claims are properly quantified, will have their whole lives to regret this,’ warn Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) Co-Chairpersons Mvuzo Notyesi and Jan van Rensburg.
Claimants, without having any legal counsel to advise them, consider the settlement offered to them as significant, without taking into account long-term medical fees or other matters.
In addition, the RAF may consider your claim insufficient and reject it outright. Without an experienced attorney in your corner, you may not know how to respond and ensure your case will succeed.
How hiring an experienced attorney can help you
- Your attorney represents you. They are not an intermediary to negotiate a settlement between you and the RAF. They are on your side and will fight for the best possible result for you.
- A RAF claims attorney is an expert at investigating, processing and, if necessary, litigating claims arising from car accidents.
- Numerous documents are required for a successful claim. These include a vitally important affidavit detailing the accident, supporting documents from specialists such as hospital records, radiologists reports, doctor’s records, and so on. These items also need to be paid for and these expenses can be exorbitant. Documents also need to be obtained from the South African Police Services and again paid for. Obtaining all these items is time-consuming and if any mistakes or incorrect documents obtained, it can lead to delays.
At Elmarié de Vos Incorporated, we have nearly 20 years of experience handling claims against the RAF. We know exactly what documents are needed and when, and will pay for any document needed as part of our “no win, no fee” policy. Your case will be in the best possible hands.
- Claims also need to be quantified; meaning that the actual value of the total claim needs to be assessed, especially when the victim has been seriously injured and it will have a lifelong impact on their quality of life and their ability to earn an income. This is also a time consuming and extremely expensive process that is best done by an experienced attorney.
Speak to an expert
Submitting and eventually getting paid out for a claim to the RAF is a complicated and lengthy legal process. Our attorneys at Elmarié de Vos Incorporated have worked at the RAF and know better than most regarding all the ins and outs of the procedure.
Getting fair and realistic compensation for your injury is your right and an experienced attorney will be able to help you.
For nearly 20 years, our law firm has been helping people injured in motor vehicle accidents and who need compensation. It’s easy and stress-free. No win, no fee!
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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.