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Widow Awarded R4,630,000.00 for Loss of Support

updated: 16-Jan-17

De Broglio Attorneys Inc. recently settled a claim against the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for loss of support for a widow whose late husband was killed in a motorcycle accident. De Broglio Attorneys Inc. are the leaders in the industry when it comes to RAF claims. This prestigious law firm has a reputation for fighting hard for their clients and for ensuring their clients receive the ultimate compensation possible. Their zero tolerance attitude ensures that no matter what stones the RAF throws, they will not trip and fall. Success is always eminent when you have de Broglio Attorneys Inc. as your legal representative. 

In this recent matter, the deceased had been riding his motorcycle when an oncoming vehicle turned right across his path of travel. He passed away on the scene of the accident leaving behind his wife and two young children. The widow had heard that one may be able to claim for compensation from the RAF when a breadwinner is killed in a motor vehicle accident. She said, “Well I saw the advertisements on TV and contacted de Broglio.”

In spite of this being what can be regarded as a straight forward matter, the RAF failed to come forward with any offer until the second day of trial. In their usual manner, they drew out the court proceedings by not being prepared for the trial in terms of an offer. The attorney handling this matter said, “The matter stood down on the Wednesday until the Friday so that the defendant attorneys could try to get an instruction from their client, the RAF.”

This client was well informed and had been advised by her attorney that the RAF rarely come forward with adequate offers, if they come forward with any offer at all. Being advised ahead of time by her attorney made her feel confident and assured. She said, “It wasn’t a surprise to me that the RAF didn’t come with an offer straight away. I had been prepared for that by my lawyer.”

The RAF regularly fail to come forward with an offer even in straight forward cases like this one and a person needs an attorney to get a settlement offer out of them. The attorney reported, “This was a straight forward matter as it was a loss of support claim and the deceased was very young when he passed away. He would have been promoted throughout his career so the loss of support claim landed up being very high with two children born of the marriage.” 

This case illustrates the exact dangers of relying on the Road Accident Fund to make settlement offers, without challenging them and taking the matter to court. Luckily, in this case, this client employed de Broglio Attorneys Inc. who secured a substantial settlement offer for her. 

This client was very happy with the professional service she had received from de Broglio Attorneys Inc. as well as the excellent settlement she had received as a result of their hard work. She said, “They gave me very good service. They kept me updated regularly and I’m very happy with the settlement.” 

*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.