Anyone who has sustained an injury as a result of another person’s negligence is entitled to file a personal injury claim for compensation. “Personal injury” means any kind of accident or occurrence that leads to bodily injury, loss, suffering, or death. It is usually unexpected and results from an unfortunate occurrence. Examples are slip and fall, dog bites or injury from a defective product.
The fact that personal injuries are fairly commonplace does not detract from the pain and confusion that can result when an accident or injury happens to you or a loved one. If you decide to take steps toward protecting your legal rights after an accident or injury, you may have a number of general questions about “personal injury” cases.
When do you have a personal injury case?
Firstly you must have suffered an injury to your person, and secondly, you should consider whether your injury was your fault or someone else’s.
How soon after I am injured do I have to pursue a claim?
There are certain time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” which govern the amount of time you have to claim personal injury compensation. You have three years to submit your claim. If you miss the deadline for filing your case, you may lose your legal right to claim damages for your injury.
Do I need any documents after the accident? Yes, but we assist you to obtain the following documents:
- Copies of Police case dockets and witness statements taken by SAPS.
- Copies of Hospital Records and/or Clinical Notes.
- Details from medical institutions and medical practitioners.
- All hospital and medical accounts.
- Details of the material damages claim and the outcome thereof.
- Photographs of personal injury sustained.
- Income certificates, work records and employment history.
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