Eligibility for RAF Claims

So, you want to claim from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) but you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to do so or not. The following should provide some clarity on this, but if you are still unsure, it would be best to speak to a RAF claims lawyer for some more advice.

Can I claim from RAF?

RAF payouts depend on the following factors:

  • If you are the driver, pedestrian or passenger involved in the accident, and how much you were responsible for the accident as a whole.
  • Whether you were injured, how badly (because only sever injuries can be claimed for), and how it will affect yourself and your dependents in the long and short term. This will be determined after a medical evaluation and a report completed by professional doctors.
  • How much it will cost to treat your injuries going forward, and whether there are long-term effects from the accident.
  • Whether you have legal documents that support the incident, that can assist in the verification of it. These documents include the original police report of the accident, verified statements of witnesses (if there were any), and hospital records.
  • Whether the accident has resulted in the death of a person with dependents; the dependents may then claim.
  • Whether the claim has been filed with the RAF within three years from the date of the incident.

How Will a RAF Claims Lawyer Assist You?

An RAF Claims lawyer will help with guidance throughout the claims process and ensure, to the best of their ability, that the legal advice given produces a successful result. Some of this guidance includes:

  • Assessing whether the claim is legitimate and whether you are eligible to claim
  • Assisting in the process to ensure that the claim is done procedurally
  • Assessing the amount of the claim and ensuring that this amount is given to the claimant timeously

For professional advice on RAF claims contact Engelbrecht Attorneys at Law.