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Tragedy for school child on Ontdekkers

updated: 09-Feb-14

Motor vehicle accidents can destroy lives and families and their ramifications are especially shocking when the life of a child, not even out of school yet, is completely destroyed. Education is so critical in paving the path to success that when a child is injured so severely that they are not able to complete their schooling, the light at the end of their tunnel is far dimmer, and more daunting. 

Young Roger Roland*had just written and completed his Grade 9 exams and was excited to start his festive holidays where he was planning to spend time with this friends and family. He was sitting in the back seat of a motor vehicle driving along Ontdekkers Road in Johannesburg when a vehicle travelling along a side road, skipped a red robot and collided with his vehicle as they proceeded along their right of way. The driver of the other vehicle sped away from the scene of the accident leaving Roger unconscious and in a terrible condition in the back of the car. 

An ambulance arrived at the scene and transported Roger to a hospital where he was admitted for 3.5 months. In the accident Roger broke his back and sustained an injury to his head and neck. He was unable to return to school as he was unable to concentrate and had been diagnosed with a Moderate Brain Injury as a result of the accident. He never returned to school since the accident and the Educational Psychologist employed by de Broglio Inc to investigate Roger’s situation determined that he will probably never be able to obtain a matric of further qualifications in future. About a year after the accident he started to assist his father in his business with odds and ends but the Industrial Psychologist appointed to his case recommended he will only be able to handle light sedentary type work. 

Roger’s family had heard about de Broglio Inc from one of their friends who had been assisted by the specialist firm in their own Road Accident Fund claim and suggested to Roger’s parents that they contact de Broglio Inc for assistance in lodging a claim against the RAF on Roger’s behalf. They called de Broglio Inc who immediately arranged a consultation with Roger and his parents and began the claim process.

de Broglio Inc have many years of experience in suing the Road Accident Fund on behalf of their clients and handled Roger’s claim with precision and efficiency. A team of leading medico legal experts was appointed to investigate Roger’s injuries and the effects the accident has had and will have on his life in the future. A top advocate in Johannesburg was briefed by the firm to represent Roger at his trial. 

In October 2013, Roger and his legal team from de Broglio Inc attended at the Johannesburg High Court for his trial. The matter was settled for R2,473,881.00. Roger and his family were extremely happy with the settlement , and with the manner in which the claim had been handled from the time they had first contacted 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.

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.