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What happens when a breadwinner passes away?

updated: 05-Mar-14

Often when a person dies as a result of a motor vehicle accident, they leave behind dependents, who may be able to claim for loss of support from the Road Accident Fund depending on a few crucial factors. These dependents can include but are not limited to minor children, children studying towards their tertiary education or a spouse, all of whom must be able to prove they were financially dependent on the deceased during his lifetime in order to possibly claim.

de Broglio Inc have almost 20 years’ experience in dealing with these type of loss of support claims, and have track record of success when it comes to securing the future of children, wives and even grandchildren when they have been left destitute as a result of the sole breadwinner passing away in the accident. 

In one such case, Keith Spanks* was a 42 year old father at the time of the accident. He was waiting to turn right at a green robot. Once the robot had turned red, he had proceeded to make his right turn when suddenly the driver of a Putco Bus, travelling in the opposite direction to him, skipped the red robot and collided with him.

When his ex-wife heard of the accident she immediately contacted de Broglio Inc to enquire as to how she could claim from the Road Accident Fund as Keith had been financially supporting their three children. de Broglio Inc consulted with her and discussed the various considerations needed to be addressed in such a case and proceeded to lodge a claim against the RAF on her behalf in order to ensure her children would not have to suffer the loss of their father as well as experience the world they have been left behind in fall apart. 

At the time of his death, Keith was working as a Maintenance Manager at a Hotel. Evidence on his educational and employment history was gathered, top experts were consulted on the matter and finally the case proceeded to trial in February 2014.

The matter was successfully settled for R865,101,00 in the Pretoria High Court. 

When interviewed about the outcome, the attorney handling the matter reported that she “was very pleased with the settlement as the mother made sure that the monies were going to be invested for her children’s education.”

*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.