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Doctors raise concerns over medical negligence arrests

Following the arrest and court appearance of two Johannesburg doctors – paediatric surgeon Peter Beale (73) and anaesthetist Abdulhay Munshi (56) – who were accused of medical negligence – some doctors are having second thoughts about performing intricate, lifesaving surgical procedures.

Injured customer rejects Woolworths’ settlement offer

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 07 January 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Centurion shopper Ellen Matlhowana has claimed R7m in damages from Woolworths after she allegedly stumbled and fell over a packing crate in an aisle in March 2014, says a report in The Star.

Court to deal with RAF payment impasse

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 07 January 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
As many road accident victims wait to be compensated by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) following court orders in their favour, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) is expected to soon deal with the fund’s inability to pay up.

'Payment in kind' ruling welcomed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
The KZN Department of Health has welcomed a recent Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) ruling that the Gauteng Department of Health will no longer have to fork out large cash sums for negligence at state medical facilities, says a report in The Mercury.

Finally, some compensation for pit latrine horror

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 06 January 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
The SCA has awarded the family of Michael Komape R1.4m in damages for emotional shock and grief, after the five-year-old fell into a pit latrine at school and drowned, according to the Mail & Guardian. It was ‘the most appalling and undignified death,’ Justice Eric Leach said on behalf of a unanimous Bench.

RAF admonished over lower payout

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 December 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has been called out after it tried to give an accident victim about half of what the court deemed would cover her medical costs and damages.

‘But-for’ causation test a step too far ...

There is a worrying trend of systematic medical negligence in our hospitals. In AN v MEC for Health, Eastern Cape, the SCA recently remarked that ‘far too often this court is confronted with serious and serial negligence’ in hospitals … it is clear that studied neglect of standards has become pervasive in many such hospitals. 'Those reliant upon their services are receiving substandard care’.

Damages for botched op by unsupervised trainee surgeon

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 12 December 2019
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Johannes Manganyi is due to receive damages from the MEC for Health after a trainee surgeon incorrectly inserted a metal plate into his wrist at Dr George Mukhari Hospital.

Independent Media ordered to remove articles

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 05 December 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has ruled that Independent Media must remove two defamatory articles about a liquidator within 48 hours and pay damages of R300 000, says a Fin24 report.

Judge awards damages for ‘humiliating’ police action

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 05 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Criminal Law #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
A group of 30 women police officers handcuffed a father who had missed a Maintenance Court hearing and sang Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (You strike a woman, you strike a rock) as they marched him out of his office.

Affidavit reveals stark reality of RAF insolvency

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Motor Vehicles #Personal Injury Law
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) brought an urgent application in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) this week against the Sheriff of Centurion East, Absa Bank and 346 claimants that have in the last six weeks sent the sheriff to attach all the monies in its eight Absa bank accounts, according to a report by Tony Beamish on the Moneyweb site.

Mothers successfully sue Health Department

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Two Eastern Cape mothers have both won their cases against the Eastern Cape Health Department for negligence during the deliveries of their babies.

Ford fined and offers compensation over Kugas

Motorists affected by the burning Ford Kuga SUVs will be offered compensation in terms of a settlement agreement between the National Consumer Commission and Ford SA.

EFF leader loses case on VBS funds allegations

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Former EFF MP Thembinkosi Rawula, who resigned from the party early this year after accusing leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu of using party money to fund their lifestyles, has won a defamation court case instituted against him by Malema, says a City Press report.

ANC members hit hard for using racism label

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law
Three senior ANC members in the Free State have been ordered to pay R300 000 damages to the DA provincial leader Roy Jankielsohn for calling him a ‘racist’, ‘white supremacist’, a ‘clown’ and 'a dog'.

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