30 Aug Who can claim from the Road Accident Fund?
WHO CAN CLAIM FROM THE ROAD ACCIDENT FUND?
The Road Accident Fund compensates people who were injured in a motor vehicle accident and who were not at fault.
Every Road Accident claim is determined on its own merits and the Road Accident Fund will compensate the claimant according to the specific circumstances.
The following circumstances may influence a claimant’s claim:
- If you were partly to blame for the accident;
- The severeness of your injuries.
A claimant may claim the following from the Road Accident Fund, should they qualify:
- General Damages
- Past Medical Expenses
- Future Medical Expenses
- Past Loss of Earning/Earning Capacity
- Future Loss of Earning/Earning Capacity.
When claiming from the Road Accident Fund always remember:
- The RAF1 form completed by the doctor who first treated you after the motor vehicle accident may cost up to R750-00;
- You will need to provide all your medical vouchers relating to the treatment for your injuries;
- You will require a Medical Specialist to assist with the quantification of your claim which will cost up to R15 000 per report;
- You will require a Medical Expert to quantify your future medical expenses which will cost up to R15 000 per report;
- You will require Experts to quantify your loss of future earning capacity
An important fact to remember is that every claimant has a period of three years to lodge their claim with the Road Accident Fund, from the date of the motor vehicle accident, if the driver is known. In the case of the driver being unknown, for example a hit and run, the claimant only has a period of two years to lodge their claim with the Road Accident Fund.
Thus lodge your claim in time and ensure you get compensated for the injuries and damages that you sustained in a motor vehicle accident.