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Road Accident Fund Claims
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is a statutory body that exists to provide compensation to the people of South Africa according to Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1996 for loss or damage as a result of bodily injury or death caused by negligent driving within our borders.
In short, if you have been involved in an accident on the road that caused serious injury or a loved one has lost their life, you have the right to claim from the RAF to compensate for your expenses and suffering. For help with your claim, get in touch with some of the best road accident fund attorneys in the industry today.
What Can You Claim from the RAF?
- Loss of income (past and future) or financial support for a dependent of a deceased person.
- Compensation in the case of bodily injury for pain, suffering, and disability.
- Hospital and medical expenses (past and future).
- Funeral expenses.
Who Can Make an RAF Claim?
An injured person involved in an accident is allowed to claim, except if the person injured is the one who is to blame for the accident.
A dependent of a deceased except if the deceased person is responsible for the accident.
- A close relative of the deceased to cover funeral expenses.
- A legal guardian or parent of a minor child.
- A foster parent to compensate for previous medical expenses suffered by him/her.
- An executor of the deceased person’s estate.
- A curator ad litem.
How to Claim from Road Accident Fund
If you’re wondering how to claim RAF, or you are having RAF payment problems, we can assist. The process consists of 3 steps:
Compiling the required documents:
- A police report and case number
- Relevant personal details of yourself or the victim of the accident
- Medical documents to support your claim
- Motivating letter from legal or medical experts and witnesses
- Information about the damages caused
Completing the submission forms
All RAF claims should be lodged on form 1 which provides basic information on the claimant, the date and place of accident, the parties, and the vehicles involved as well as the claim amount. It will also contain a medical report by the doctor who treated the patient.
Drivers of the vehicles involved in the accident must provide details of the collision to the RAF on a separate report form. To prove the seriousness of the injuries, a Serious Injury Assessment Report should be submitted to the RAF if general damages are claimed.
Submitting the documents
Once the required forms are completed and supporting documents are compiled, the documents must be submitted. The RAF only accepts hard copies, thus emailed documents are invalid.
Frequent Questions About a Road Accident Fund Claim
How much does the Road Accident Fund pay for head injury?
While there isn’t an exact amount for compensations when it comes to head injuries, you could be paid out millions depending on the severity of your injury and the age of the victim. Claims vary from R800 000 to R3 500 000.
How much does the Road Accident Fund pay for leg injury?
Again, it will depend on the severity of the injury but claims can start from R500 000 to R800 000.
How much are Road Accident Fund payouts for death?
Claims for loss of income as well as medical and funeral costs may be submitted in cases where the family’s breadwinner has passed away in a road accident. These types of claims can range from R1 000 000 to R10 000 000.
What is the maximum road accident fund claim period?
If the wrongdoer has been identified, you have three (3) years to claim from the date of the accident. If they have not been identified, as in the case of a hit-and-run accident, you have two (2) years to submit your claim from the date of the accident.
The Road Accident Fund Claims Process
Once your attorney submits a claim the RAF has 120 days to conduct its investigation. Once the investigation is concluded, the RAF may offer you a settlement. If you accept the offer, you won’t have to go to court. More often than not, these offers are low and if rejected, the claim goes to court where a presiding judge will be presented with all the evidence. The court then determines whether it is a valid claim and what claim amount should be awarded.
How to Check Road Accident Fund Claim
The team at Road Accident Fund Claims will keep you updated on the progress of your claim. Keep in mind that because the RAF is facing cash flow issues at the moment, your claim can take up to 180 days for payout after settlement.
The challenge is that not even your claims attorney will be able to advise you on your status during this period.
Where to Find the Best Road Accident Fund Claims Lawyers
Victims of South African road accidents must consult experienced lawyers for legal advice and assistance when claiming damages from the RAF. At Road Accident Fund Claims, we are experienced and knowledgeable in the ever-changing landscape of RAF claims.
For help with your RAF claim, feel free to give us a call or fill in the online form and we’ll get back to you shortly.