DSC Attorneys

Personal Injury Lawyers in South Africa

DSC Attorneys

10th Floor, Touchstone House
7 Bree Street

Cape Town 8000
South Africa

Phone+27 (21) 410-1200
Fax +27 (21) 419 9008

Website www.dsclaw.co.za
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Law Firm Overview

DSC Attorneys is one of South Africa's leading law firms, specializing in all personal injury and road accident claims.

DSC Attorneys was founded in 2004 when three well-respected firms merged. These firms included the Cape Town partnership of Mostert & Bosman, which was founded over a century ago, as well as Henry Shields Chiat (HSC) and De Vries (Cape Town) Inc.

Today the firm's team of highly qualified attorneys and medico-legal specialists offers expert legal assistance with personal injury claims across the country. Every member of the firm is committed to securing the best possible results for clients, while providing service that's compassionate and respectful.

The attorneys at DSC Attorneys offer combined expertise across the areas of law associated with personal injury claims, ranging from medical malpractice and slip and fall claims, to claims resulting from vehicle accidents, dog bites, and police assault or unlawful detention.

DSC Attorneys also draws on specialized experience and insights into the Road Accident Fund (RAF). The firm includes attorneys who previously worked as panel attorneys for the RAF, affording them an "inside view" of the fund's operation. In addition, Kirstie Haslam – one of the firm's directors – has been actively involved in parliamentary processes concerning proposed amendments to RAF legislation.

In keeping with DSC Attorney's belief that all South Africans are entitled to effective legal representation, the firm offers all clients a free initial consultation and acts on a "no win, no fee" basis.

Year this Office was Established: 2004

Languages: Afrikaans, Sesotho, Xhosa, Zulu, English

Areas of Law










Additional Areas of Law: Wrongful Arrest / Detention Claims; Police Shootings; Municipality Claims; Police Assault Claims; Lift Malfunction Claims; Door Malfunction Claims; Gate Malfunction Claims; Road Accident Claims; Metrorail / Train Accident Claims; Dog Bite Claims; Hospital or Emergency Room Negligence; Treatment Delays; Misread X-rays or Mammograms; Negligence in Diagnosing and/or Treating Breast Cancer; Plastic Surgery Malpractice; Dental Malpractice; Pediatric Malpractice; Anesthesia Malpractice; Faulty Blood Transfusions; Amputation of the Wrong Limb; Removal of the Incorrect Organ.


Areas of Law Description

- Road Accident Claims

In South Africa, victims of road accidents can claim compensation from the state-supported Road Accident Fund (RAF). DSC Attorneys has been specializing in Road Accident Fund claims for over 15 years.

Both of the firm's directors have in-depth insights into and experience of RAF claims – Cliff Timms previously worked for the Road Accident Fund, and Kirstie Haslam has participated in parliamentary processes surrounding proposed amendments to Road Accident Fund legislation.

All attorneys at DSC Attorneys have extensive experience in compiling, submitting and representing road accident claims, and in securing favorable settlements from the Road Accident Fund on behalf of clients.

- Medical Malpractice Claims

If you've been injured as a result of a negligent act or omission by a medical professional, you may have a medical malpractice claim. The field of medical malpractice law is complex and highly specialized. Accordingly, it's vital that you consult an attorney who's suitably qualified if you may have a claim.

Several attorneys at DSC Attorneys specialize in medical malpractice law and have extensive experience in handling medical malpractice claims. The firm also boasts an attorney who has lectured on the subject of medical law at universities and other venues, in South Africa and Namibia.

The medical law team at DSC Attorneys is committed to always securing the best possible results for clients, and to delivering expert legal assistance with compassion and respect. All our attorneys are accredited by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

- Slip and Fall Claims

If you've been injured after slipping or falling and your accident occurred on someone else's property as a result of another party's negligence, you may have a personal injury claim.

For example, if you slip or fall due to potentially dangerous conditions in a shopping Centre or a restaurant, you may be eligible for compensation.

DSC Attorneys has extensive experience in handling slip and fall claims. Our attorneys can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve by gathering appropriate evidence, guiding the process of compiling and submitting a claim and providing expert legal representation. DSC Attorneys also offers free initial consultations and operates on a "no win, no fee" basis.

- Metrorail/ Train Accident Claims

Metrorail and other operators of rail services are obliged to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those who use their services.

If you're injured due to negligence on the part of a rail service provider – for example, due to unsafe conditions affecting a train, a station platform, a railway boom or a railway line – you may be able to claim compensation. You may also have a claim if a breadwinner in your family has been killed in a rail accident.

DSC Attorneys specializes in personal injury claims, including train accident claims, in South Africa. The firm's attorneys have the legal expertise and experience to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

- Aviation Accident Claims

Aviation accidents include accidents involving commercial airliners, light aircraft, helicopters, hang gliders and paragliders.

If you've been injured in an aviation accident that was the result of another party's negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings and pain and suffering.

DSC Attorneys specializes in aviation accident claims. Along with the South African Civil Aviation Authority, attorneys at the firm have the expertise required to investigate and analyze the causes of aviation accidents. They can determine the validity of claims, guide the process of compiling supporting evidence and provide expert legal representation.

- Dog Bite Claims

Every year in South Africa, large numbers of people are injured as a result of dog bites. If you're the victim of a dog attack, you may be able to claim compensation. This applies whether you're bitten by a dog in a public area or on private property, in which case a claim known as a Pauparian action applies.

The attorneys at DSC Attorneys specialize in personal injury cases and have the legal knowledge and expertise to secure the best possible results for dog bite victims. DSC Attorneys also offers free initial consultations and operates on a "no win, no fee" basis.

All our attorneys are members of the Cape Law Society and the American Association for Justice, and are accredited by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

- Product Liability Claims

With the introduction of the Consumer Protection Act of 2008, it no longer falls to consumers in South Africa to prove negligence in product liability claims. Instead product manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and retailers are legally required to ensure that the products they provide are safe for their intended uses.

DSC Attorneys offers expert legal assistance with product liability claims. If you've been injured as a result of a defective or dangerous product, the firm's attorneys can assess the validity of your claim, gather expert supporting evidence (such as the results of product tests for compliance with standards set by the South African Bureau of Standards) and provide skillful legal representation.

- Lift, Gate and Door Malfunction Claims

If you're injured as a result of a defective or incorrectly fitted lift, automated gate or escalator, you may be able to claim compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings and pain and suffering.

At DSC Attorneys, all attorneys have extensive qualifications and experience in the specialist field of personal injury law. They can help secure the best possible outcome for your personal injury claim by gathering suitable supporting evidence, guiding the process of compiling and submitting the claim and providing skillful legal representation.

DSC Attorneys also offers free initial consultations and operates on a "no win, no fee" basis.

- Police Assault Claims

A recently published report indicated that an average of 1 770 cases of police brutality cases are reported every year in South Africa.

If you're injured as a result of excessive use of force by the police, you may be able to claim compensation from the South African Police Service (SAPS) or your city's metropolitan police department.

Claims against organs of state like the SAPS are subject to specific legal complexities and time limits. DSC Attorneys has the expertise and experience to handle police assault claims, helping ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

All the firm's attorneys are members of the Cape Law Society and the American Association for Justice, and are accredited by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

- Wrongful Arrest/ Detention Claims

If you're wrongfully arrested or detained by the South African police, you may be able to claim compensation from the South African Police Services (SAPS) or the metropolitan police department in your city. You can also claim in the event of malicious prosecution.

It's important to use the services of a suitably qualified attorney for any claim against an organ of state, such as the SAPS. This type of claim is subject to particular statutory requirements and legal complexities, and requires particular expertise to defend.

The team at DSC Attorneys has the experience and special expertise to handle all personal injury claims against the police, including claims of wrongful arrest or detention.



Partners

Kirstie Haslam Ms. Kirstie Haslam
Lawyer
Accident, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Animal Bites, Appellate Practice, Arbitration

Cliff Timms Mr. Cliff Timms
Lawyer
Accident, Animal Bites, Automotive, Back and Neck Injury, Bicycle Accident



Lawyers

Mumtaz Kajie Ms. Mumtaz Kajie
Lawyer
Accident, Arbitration, Automotive, Back and Neck Injury, Bicycle Accident

Dawie Maartens Mr. Dawie Maartens
Lawyer
Accident, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Animal Bites, Appellate Practice, Arbitration

Celeste Munitz Ms. Celeste Munitz
Lawyer
Accident, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Automotive

Chris Smit Mr. Chris Smit
Lawyer
Accident, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Animal Bites, Arbitration, Automotive

Sanél van Zyl Ms. Sanél van Zyl
Lawyer
Accident, Arbitration, Automotive, Back and Neck Injury, Bicycle Accident



Associates

Daneil Botha Mr. Daneil Botha
Lawyer
Accident, Animal Bites, Automotive, Back and Neck Injury, Bicycle Accident

Jan Potgieter Mr. Jan Potgieter
Lawyer
Accident, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Animal Bites, Automotive, Back and Neck Injury

Johann Roux Mr. Johann Roux
Lawyer
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injuries

  

Affiliations

  • Cape Law Society
  • World Association for Medical Law
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • American Board of Independent Medical Examiners

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