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Motorcycle Passenger Awarded R5,725,288.56

updated: 27-Sep-17

People involved in motor vehicle, or motorcycle accidents, are often left badly injured as a result, even to the point of being unable to work as they did before the accident. Under the current law, if you did not cause the accident, you are entitled to submit a claim to the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for compensation. These RAF claims are very complicated and you need the legal expertise of a specialist law firm such as de Broglio Attorneys Inc. to navigate you through the tumultuous legal battle towards a successful outcome. de Broglio Attorneys Inc. have over two decades of experience in settling RAF claims for amounts that exceed their clients’ expectations. Here is a story of one such client.  

Unaware of what the trip had in store for her, young Janet van der Westhuizen* mounted a motorcycle as a passenger and shortly thereafter was involved in a horrific collision with a truck with two trailers. She suffered multiple severe fractures to her pelvis, multiple fractures to her lumbar spine, and a fractured coccyx as a result of the accident.  

Janet was still in school at the time of the accident so her father assisted her in making a claim against the RAF as she was a minor. He said, “She was in Grade 9 when the accident happened. She was only 15 years old.” He commented that after seeing the TV advert for de Broglio Attorneys Inc. he had decided to contact them for legal advice. “I saw the advert on the TV some time ago, many years ago for the first time. I decided to phone them. I made an appointment and came in and saw them.” 

After that first consultation Janet’s case was handled by de Broglio Attorneys Inc. in its entirety. Janet is currently in Grade 12 and has high hopes for the future. Her father said, “She is currently in Grade 12. She failed the one year when she was in the accident because she couldn’t go back to school due to her injuries and she redid that year. Hopefully she finishes school and can go and study.” 

Her matter was settled successfully by her high calibre legal team in the North Gauteng High Court for the staggering amount of R5,725,288.56. Mr van der Westhuizen was overjoyed for his daughter, “I was at court with her. I am relieved this is over now. We are happy with the amount it was settled for.” 

It is stories like these that make de Broglio Attorneys Inc. so proud of the work that they do. Helping people who cannot help themselves results in lifelong gratification. “I would definitely recommend de Broglio Attorneys to someone involved in an accident. It takes a long time and you need a lot of resilience to get through it, but it is worth it,” reported Janet’s father. 

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.

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