Personal Injury Lawyers

Mistakes and accidents happen every day, and at LHL we make it our business to provide the finest legal representation to obtain the best results for our personal injury clients.

For over 30 years LHL has successfully represented clients in complex, serious and catastrophic personal injury cases. Over this time, LHL has built a reputation for being a serious, top tier personal injury firm that is unafraid to take on even the most challenging personal injury cases.

Coupled with this experience and dedication, LHL Attorneys works closely with some of the top medical experts in the country, ensuring that you or your loved one can focus fully on recovery while LHL works to ensure you get the best possible result in your personal injury case.

LHL offers its services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay unless we win. We work hard to make sure that you or your loved one receives justice and fair compensation.

If you or a loved on has been negligently injured you can generally claim for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

However, remember that there are time limits to your claim, and you usually only have 3 years from the date of the incident to claim. Because time is of the essence, you should call us now to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.

Brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries

Brain damage can occur due to head trauma, a fall, whiplash, a car accident, medical malpractice and many other causes, and can affect a person’s quality of life, their relationships, their emotional stability and their ability to work.

In many cases, brain injuries are the most catastrophic type of injury. Medical science has shown that even what we seem to think are the slightest of brain injuries can have serious long-term negative effects on individuals and on their families. Some of the consequences of brain injuries include poor performance at school, poor performance at work, depression and other negative mental health effects.

The types of therapy required to help a person suffering from brain injuries range from permanent life-long care to rehabilitative therapy. While less severe brain injuries might require only cognitive therapies, such as speech and language therapies and assistance with daily living, more severe brain injuries require immediate attention, possibly involving surgery. Regardless of the type of medical assistance needed to treat a brain injury, it is likely to be expensive.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for medical expenses, to cover any financial loss suffered due to being unable to work, and as compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life. Let our lawyers and professionals help you or your loved one claim fair compensation for your or your loved one’s injuries.

We understand how devastating it can be when you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Our priority is to make sure our clients receive maximum compensation and the best rehabilitation and support possible. For over 30 years, LHL has built a reputation for their expertise in complex brain injury cases, including child brain injury cases.

Neck and spinal cord injuries, and whiplash

Spinal cord injuries can occur due to car accidents, medical malpractice or during sporting activities, or due to other accidents. These types of injuries are severe and often affect all aspects of a person’s life, especially if the spinal cord injury has led to paraplegia or quadriplegia. Victims of spinal cord injuries are faced not only with medical expenses, but often with expenses related to home renovations to accommodate the use of wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

Personal injury cases such as those involving neck and spinal cord injuries are complex and require specific expertise, including detailed knowledge of medico-legal issues. For over 30 years we have successfully represented hundreds of individuals with spinal, neck, and whiplash injuries, which has enabled us to develop deep expertise in this area. We have also developed a network of top neurologists and neuro-surgeons, who assist us with expert reports for use in court. All of these factors combine to create in our team an unmatched legal and medical expertise that allows us to ensure that you or your loved one receives the best possible result for your case.

Apart from severe spinal cord injuries, injuries such as whiplash may require an extended recovery period depending on the severity of the injuries suffered.

LHL has experience representing clients who have suffered whiplash, and has successfully recovered significant amounts for loss of income due to extended periods of not being able to work.

Eye Injuries

Eye injuries can occur at the workplace, on construction sites, due to car injuries or medical malpractice. An injury to the eye seriously affects a person’s quality of life and may affect your income and earning potential as well. Your ability to drive may also be hampered.

Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with cases involving a wide range of injuries, including eye injuries. Our experience in dealing specifically with eye injuries, as well as our close relationship with a range of key medical experts, is important to ensuring the best possible results for you or your loved one’s case. Come to us for help with your claim.

Amputations

Rehabilitation after losing a limb can be a long and painful process. Adjusting to life as an amputee may be an even more challenging, from a physical and psychological perspective.

If you are, or someone you know is an amputee due to an accident, injury or other negligent act, we can assist by drawing on our years of experience in personal injury claims.

We have experience representing amputees – especially mine workers and motor vehicle accident clients, and have recovered significant amounts for them.

Rest assured that LHL will work hard to ensure that you or your loved one will receive the dedicated and professional legal representation so that you or your loved one can focus on recovery.

Motor vehicle accidents (including cyclists and pedestrians)

Car and motorbike accidents are an unfortunate reality that many South Africans have to deal with. Cyclists and pedestrians are also often involved in motor vehicle accidents. The injuries from motor vehicle accidents can range from broken bones and whiplash to serious head or spinal cord injuries, and even death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you can potentially claim from the Road Accident Fund, from an insurer, or in limited circumstances, from the person who caused the accident. We can assist in all types of road accident claims, and as a first step we will help you to determine which party to claim against.

Our lawyers have over 30 years of experience in representing victims of motor vehicle accidents and have settled numerous multi-million rand claims for clients. With LHL’s experience, expertise, and personal touch, you can rest assured that you or your loved one will receive the best possible legal representation, and have access to some of the top medical professionals in the country, which all helps to ensure that you receive the best possible result for your case.

Train accidents

If you have been injured while travelling on a train, you may have a claim against the train operator for medical expenses and other damages. Our team is skilled in litigating all types of personal injury claims, including injuries arising from train accidents. Let us help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Boating accidents

If you have been injured in a boating accident, our lawyers and professionals can assist with a claim against the negligent party, to ensure that you receive compensation for the damage caused. Our team has a wealth of litigation experience, which allows us to help our clients efficiently.

Medical malpractice

Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have a duty to treat all patients with the necessary skill and care expected of a person in their profession. However, it sometimes occurs that the people we trust for medical help end up causing more harm than good.

If you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, we can assist you to claim compensation for any loss or damage suffered.

Examples of medical malpractice include instances where doctors leave equipment inside the patient’s body after operating, where nurses do not adhere to cleanliness protocols which result in infections, where health professionals misdiagnose or fail to diagnose an illness, where cosmetic procedures and surgeries are botched (e.g.: botox procedures and implant or plastic surgery), and where medical procedures are performed on an individual without being fully explained, or without the necessary consent.

Approaching a court for compensation in a medical malpractice claim is an extremely specialised process. Our lawyers have the experience and skill to successfully navigate the legal and medical complexities to assist you or your loved one with your claim. We work with some of the country’s top medical experts to help in proving your claim, and to ensure that you get properly compensated for any medical malpractice claims that you may have.

Remember, you can claim for medical malpractice even if you made use of government facilities such as public hospitals or clinics.

Wrongful conception/pregnancy, wrongful birth and wrongful life claims

Wrongful conception (also referred to as wrongful pregnancy) actions are claims against medical practitioners for failing to perform a sterilisation or termination of pregnancy procedure correctly, or against the manufacturer of a defective contraceptive pill, which results in the birth of a healthy, but unplanned for child. These claims are brought by the parents of the child that was not planned for.

Wrongful conception claims are usually brought in contract and/or delict. Depending on the cause of action used, parents of the child can sue for compensation for the costs of the unsuccessful procedure or product, the pain and suffering associated with the unsuccessful procedure, medical expenses and pain and suffering associated with the pregnancy itself, loss of consortium during pregnancy, and the costs of raising the child to an age where that child will be independent.

Wrongful birth actions are claims instituted by parents against a medical practitioner for the failure to advise them of foetal or genetic irregularities, thereby depriving the parents of their right to terminate the pregnancy where they would otherwise have chosen. The damages claimable are similar to those for wrongful life, however, in these cases parents are also able to claim the difference between the cost of raising a healthy child and the cost of raising their compromised child.

These claims help ensure that parents, and in many cases, vulnerable women who have taken steps to protect against pregnancy as a valid family planning measure, are able to be compensated in the event that they suffer the financial burden of having to raise an unplanned for child due to the negligence of another.

Wrongful life claims differ from the two actions above, in that it is the child that brings a claim against the wrongful party for damages for being born into a life of disability.

LHL strongly believes in the ability of individuals and families to make informed decisions regarding their family planning. If this ability has been compromised through negligent acts of medical practitioners or other parties, we stand ready to provide expert legal assistance in ensuring that you receive adequate compensation to ensure that you are able to raise your child with the adequate resources.

Harassment and sexual assault or abuse

There is wide-spread prevalence of harassment and sexual assault/abuse in South Africa, and victims of sexual violence are often women and children. We believe strongly in the eradication of violence against women and children and in justice being served against all perpetrators of sexual violence against any member of society.

Harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favours, and other physical or verbal acts that are sexual in nature. However, it is important to remember that harassment does not need to be sexual in nature, and can include rude or demeaning racial comments or gestures, and even general comments or acts that would tend to cause psychological, physical or economic harm.

Sexual assault or abuse is an extremely devastating form of abuse, and often causes severe emotional and mental injury to the victim. Often times the assault or abuse occurs in the homes, schools, church, place of employment or other space that is meant to be safe for abused victims. Because of this, victims of sexual assault/abuse often do not achieve their full potential, and may require years of therapeutic counselling which can be extremely expensive.

At LHL, we understand just how difficult it can be to deal with the wounds of harassment and sexual assault or abuse, and we are passionate about achieving justice for victims of harassment and sexual assault or abuse.  Although a monetary settlement cannot speed healing time, it can provide victims with financial relief.

At LHL, we handle all claims with sensitivity and compassion, and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive full compensation so that you are better able to rebuild your life and move on from the trauma of harassment or sexual assault or abuse.

Dog bites

There is a special kind of claim (known as the actio de pauperie) that applies to a person who has been bitten by a domesticated dog. The owner or other person in control of the dog may be liable if a dog bites you and you did nothing to incite or antagonise the dog.

Domesticated animals are expected to be non-violent, and if you are injured by a dog bite, the owner will generally be liable to you for damages.

LHL has over 30 years of experience in this field of law, including specific experience in cases where multiple domesticated dogs are involved in an attack on an innocent individual. Let our knowledgeable team of lawyers and professionals help you get the compensation you deserve.

Slip and fall and premises liability

Slip and trip and other injuries suffered on premises usually happen because of dangerous conditions.

You may be able to claim against the landlord or owner of the property for your injuries.

Dangerous conditions that can cause slip and trip accidents include wet floors, cracked floors, torn carpeting, and poor lighting or narrow stairs. Tripping on broken or cracked public sidewalks or on roads filled with potholes, or tripping and falling on escalators, also fall under these types of cases.

Our team of lawyers and professionals have years of expertise in dealing with these types of claims. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve, if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence.

Product liability

The Consumer Protection Act specifically protects consumers against defective and unsafe goods. Anyone along the supply chain can be brought to account for defective goods, including manufacturers, wholesalers or retailers.

Defective goods can take on many forms, and include exploding electronics that cause injury, defective ladders, cars that malfunction (which is especially dangerous if you are driving when the defect presents itself), and contaminated food.

LHL can help you or a loved one recover damages, including damages due to injuries sustained due to defective products.

Police misconduct

It is an unfortunate fact that the police sometimes engage in brutal and wrongful conduct. If you have been the victim of police misconduct or brutality or have been wrongfully arrested or incarcerated, contact us so that we can help you to enforce your rights, and recover just compensation.

We are determined to ensure that the rights of all South Africans are upheld and protected, and we will fight tirelessly to ensure that your dignity is vindicated and your rights are upheld.

If you have been beaten, wrongfully arrested or wrongfully incarcerated by the police or other law enforcement agency, speak to our skilled team to ensure that this misconduct does not go unpunished.

Nursing home abuse

If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse while in the care of a nursing home, our personal injury lawyers can help. While some nursing homes and care-givers provide good care, others neglect our elders. LHL is passionate about the rights of seniors, and our lawyers are here to fight for their rights and obtain the compensation they deserve.

There can be a number of signs of elder abuse, such as bed sores, neglect, malnutrition or unexplained loss of valuables. It may be difficult at times to recognise the signs of abuse, especially if your loved one already has poor health. Therefore, it is vital that you look for warning signs if you suspect any abuse, and speak up for your elders if they cannot speak for themselves.

If a loved one is living in a nursing home and is under the care of the home, there is a duty of care towards the elder, and breaching this duty is a serious problem. Contact us for assistance in enforcing the rights of our elders.