RAF to pay youth R20m after 2 accidents

2012-02-27 08:49

East London - The Road Accident Fund will pay more than R20m to a youth who was severely injured in two car accidents when he was a child, according to the Daily Dispatch.

The amount would cover medical costs for the 19-year-old for the rest of his life, the Eastern Cape-based newspaper reported.

The youth, from Mdantsane, in the Eastern Cape, was in a minibus taxi crash when he was two-weeks-old, and suffered a skull fracture and several head injuries when he has hit by a car at the age of 10 in 2003.

His lawyer Ben Niehaus told the Dispatch that the hospital folders after the second accident showed that the boy's disfigurement and mental disability were caused by an earlier accident.

It was only then that Niehaus discovered the youngster had been in the taxi accident as an infant.

He had been propelled through the windscreen when the taxi crashed into an oncoming vehicle. His family had not sought legal help.

The youth suffered from epileptic seizures and mental retardation.

  • mputumis - 2012-02-27 08:57

    10 millie for lawyer, then family get the rest

      Thando - 2012-02-27 09:02

      Its not the RAF who are paying the greedy lawyers , WE are.

      Justin - 2012-02-27 10:14

      Yet if it was you that the lawyer was fighting for you would be thanking him!!!!!

      Cindy - 2012-02-27 10:38

      The attorney can only charged on a regulated tariff, if the family suspects that they have been charged too much they have the right to approach the Law Society..... I get really annoyed with this type of comment, the attorneys carry a huge financial burden (doctors reports etc) until the case is finalised and they have to counsel their clients and often, out of their own pockets, feed, clothe and wet-nurse the client and his or her family

      Quinton - 2012-02-27 10:56

      25% of total claim amount is what the lawyer gets. Not bad hey!

  • Tlokolo Alfred - 2012-02-27 09:02

    sorry for the accident, but the lawyer and the family are super-rich

      Kala - 2012-02-27 14:24

      Yeah with a child who will never lead a normal life. Trust me, the R20million would be given back in a heart beat for that family to have their child in perfect health.

  • Snoopy.zn - 2012-02-27 09:13

    Here I am still fighting my case, as the RAF is trying to find every loop hole not to pay out my claim. Any Lawyers interested in taking my case??

      Mark - 2012-02-27 12:10

      What's it for, a blocked rectum?

  • Susan - 2012-02-27 09:28

    And it took 8 years to finally settle!! Now that is SA for you.

      guyt1 - 2012-02-27 09:31

      They hope you die or just give up !!

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-27 10:56

    My wife's cousin is mentally disabled. I do not know what caused it but she was apparently healthy for the first few years of her life and now she is.... How do you explain clearly but politely that she is not much more than a "white orchid" as the French say. Someone asked the mother, Say you could exchange her for another one, a healthy one, what would you do? I would keep my own. R20 mill 40 mill a billion cant bring back this kid. That is the saddest.

      Themba - 2012-02-27 18:27

      AT least it will help take care of him......

  • Kelly - 2012-02-27 13:17

    It is time that an investigation is launched into how much monies are paid out by the RAF to passengers in Taxi accidents - and for the uninformed the RAF wait's until they reach THE STEPS of the High Court before they settle - that is a know fact to all attorneys and claimants. It is a standing order in the RAF offices.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-27 16:58

    Plse tell us how much for the lawyer and how much for the victim? The R20 million seems exsessive in a counrty where medical care is (often) free and life time salaries of middle income people can may not even be close to R4 million over an entire working career. The RAF is a scam funded by taxpayers.

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