Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town offices of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer with many years of experience in the field of property law and conveyancing. She is also the firm's Marketing Director and attends to external publications for the firm as well as conducts ongoing training for estate agent and bankers training and is a regular seminar presenter for attorneys and property practitioners.

Thought of the Week | HOW TO APPROACH PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

If you suffer an injury which was caused by someone not acting in the way that one may reasonably expect of others, then it is likely that our law will allow a claim for damages resulting from the injury because of the other person’s negligence.

Think of it in this way: John’s recent visit to the shopping centre to enjoy the recent Black Friday offerings ended with a visit to the Emergency Room. He tripped and fell on a raised and uneven section of flooring in the shopping mall and broke his wrist. He can claim against the owner of the centre as they were negligent in not ensuring that the floor is safe to walk on, or to warn visitors of the uneven flooring. Claims in respect of personal injuries sustained as a result of a motor vehicle accident, works in the same way. If there was negligence on the side of a driver, then a claim for damages arises for those who suffered damages. In the case of motor vehicle accidents, the claim will not be against the relevant driver, but against the Road Accident Fund.

For further information or enquiries, or should you need a personal injury lawyer, contact us on info@stbb.co.za.