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If you have been injured in an accident; whether it is a motor vehicle accident or some other type of accident; you may well have a civil claim for damages.

This claim could be against the driver of the other vehicle or his/her third party insurer, in the case of a motor car accident.

In other circumstances; you could have a claim for injuries sustained by you against the person who caused those injuries through their negligent or intentional actions.

All these claims fall under the broad heading of Personal Injury Law.

Even the law of defamation; although not resulting in physical injury falls correctly under the heading of personal injury law.

The injuries sustained by you need not be entirely physical in nature; but would also cover emotional and psychological trauma.

The golden thread running through all these civil claims is a personal injury to yourself which is caused by the negligent of intentional actions of someone else.

Personal Injury Law is a category of civil law and it is in the civil courts of South Africa that you will seek redress.

Once again, we emphasises that the legal process of suing someone for damages caused to you by their actions should always be attended to by a legal professional.

Your damages may include actual expenses incurred by you for example hospital and medical costs; but will in addition possibly include pain and suffering and emotion and psychological trauma; which fall under the heading of General Damages.

The starting point for you therefore is to get proper, professional legal advice of the merits of your claim and the quantum (amount) of the damages you may be able to claim depending on the circumstances of each case.

If you have experienced difficulties with enforcing your legal rights around a personal injury claim or simply want advice; please contact us at The Legal Advice Office at or send an email to one of our email addresses; either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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