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Motorcyclist struck at intersection

updated: 08-Aug-13

Driving motorcycles in South Africa is a risky mode of transport as Hein Strydom* discovered when he was hit by a motor vehicle which was crossing a stop street without seeing him. Motorcycles do not afford the driver, or passenger, the security offered by a motor vehicle which provides a case of protection for its inhabitants. Hein was injured and rushed to hospital by ambulance where he was admitted for a long two weeks. As a result of the accident, Hein suffered multiple fractures and soft tissue injuries. He has undergone numerous painful surgeries and procedures in an attempt to recover his injuries however, his tibia and fibula have not grown back together resulting in a future lifetime of pain, suffering and disability. His life will never be the same as it was before the accident.

Hein was qualified and had been working as a fitter and turner at the time of the accident however he was retrenched after the accident as he was no longer able to perform the physical tasks his job demanded of him. This was a devastating occurrence. Hein lost his job and is now no longer able to support himself and his wife. Due to his age, he is unable to start a new career, he only knew his trade. He applied for a monthly disability grant which he was awarded for one year, however, upon re-application, he was declined further assistance from the government despite the fact that his disability still persisted. The fact that Hein was unable to work again as he had before his injuries sustained from the accident was considered by the legal team at de Broglio Inc and argued that his past and future loss of income formed a vital part of his claim.

de Broglio Inc Attorneys used their combined experience of 56 years in suing the Road Accident Fund to build a watertight case for Hein and ensured top results for him, considering all the different areas of his life which have been affected because of the accident that he was a victim of.

On the 6th June 2013, the legal team representing Hein, consisting of the attorney and advocate, arrived at the Johannesburg High Court ready to fight to the end. They used their expertise to argue with the Road Accident Fund’s legal team the best possible settlement in this particular scenario and even persuaded the court in their favour that Hein is unemployable which all combined in a fantastic cumulative settlement of R2.271 545 million.

Another settlement beyond the expectations of the client who was extremely happy with the final result. The legal team of de Broglio Inc were also highly pleased with the outcome. Another celebration for the de Broglio Inc record book. Another testament of the professional and die hard service and results clients have come to expect from de Broglio Inc.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.