How to prove another driver was texting while driving

Have you watched the Western Cape’s recent anti texting-while-driving advert? It’s quite brutal. Some people argue that the local government has gone too far, while others maintain that this kind of shock factor is exactly what is needed to deter drivers from texting behind the wheel. But whatever your opinion, the fact that there is […]

How do you know if an offer is reasonable?

Many clients ‘under settle’ due to poor advice, lack of investigation or defective claim preparation. If you have not been fully compensated for a claim, you can even potentially claim for professional negligence against the lawyer who advised you to ‘under settle’. However, whether an offer is reasonable depends on many factors, notably your own […]

Timeframes for claims

In South Africa, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident — or you lose a loved one —as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. If you can prove that you have suffered physical or psychological harm, or financial loss, as a result of the negligent […]

Tips to maximise recovery if involved in an accident

The Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) figures for 2016 highlighted that, last year, 14,071 people died on roads in South Africa, and pedestrians remain the most vulnerable of all road users. Accidents in recent times have been mainly due to human factors, such as drink driving, jaywalking, speeding, irresponsible overtaking, and driver fatigue. According to […]

What can you expect from an initial consultation with Henry Shields?

A consultation with Henry Shields is an initial assessment of your circumstances to determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury case. In this consultation, which is completely free of obligation and charge, you will be provided with advice in this technical area of law to decipher your best course of action going forward. […]

What do personal injury attorneys actually do?

Personal injury attorneys are advocates that play a vital role in a rapidly developing world that has been known to callously disregard human rights and safety when the situation allows. Over the past few decades, personal injury attorneys have often been portrayed in a negative light by the entertainment industry and media, and this has […]