What can I claim for?
A claim against the Road Accident Fund is made up of many parts, and to most people the part that is probably known the best is what lawyers call general damages and what most people would understand as being money for pain and suffering. This is an amount of money that you are given for the pain and suffering that you have gone through and it is based on case law handed down by our judges over the years. Basically you would generally receive an amount similar to that amount which somebody else received in the past for a similar injury, noting that the amounts in South Africa are not as high as in countries such as the United States. The most common type of injury, is probably the whiplash injury, and there the awards, for pain and suffering, and this is dependent on the nature of the injury itself, how severe it is, the treatment you have had, and the effect it had on your life.