David Kapelus

South Africa

Norton Rose Fulbright
15 Alice Lane
Sandton, Gauteng
2196, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 685 8708
Fax: +27 11 301 3200

Email: david.kapelus@nortonrosefulbright.com
Web: www.nortonrosefulbright.com

David Kapelus is a litigation lawyer based in Johannesburg. He specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, managed health care, personal injury litigation, and medical law and malpractice.

He has been doing insurance related litigation work since joining the firm. He has been actively involved in insurance-related litigation and other work for Eskom since approximately 1994 and has developed considerable expertise in this electricity work. This work covers insurance claims arising from electrical contact incidents, business interruption, machinery breakdown, spreading fires, farming claims and personal injury. He has presented numerous training workshops at Eskom and for their insurance brokers on aspects of litigation management, risk management, civil evidence and other related issues. David is also on Eskom’s panel of attorneys for occupational health and safety issues, and for purposes of conducting inquiries into the causes of injury, vehicle, engineering and other occupational accidents and incidents.

He has been involved in medical malpractice liability claims and general medical related work, as well as general insurance litigation.

He has been involved in insurance related litigation and aspects of risk assessment for many years for the state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, covering various aspects of rail related litigation.

He has also been involved in disability-related work. He has presented papers on disability equity in the context of the Employment Equity Act, and acts for the QuadPara Association of South Africa in various aspects of disability-related legal work.

David holds a BA and LLB (WITS). After completing his articles with us, David was admitted as an attorney in 1992. He was made a partner in 1996.

Our South African personal injury team is highly regarded within the market for its specialist experience in defending and pursuing personal injury claims, and producing accurate assessments of personal damages. Representing both defendants and claimants, we have experience across a range of personal injury matters, particularly in defence work on behalf of insurers acting for their insured or the Road Accident Fund.

Our areas of work include:

  • breach of a duty of care and negligence
  • damages assessment
  • environmental impairment
  • indemnity insurance
  • litigation
  • medical negligence
  • negotiation of settlements
  • occupational safety
  • product liability
As a dynamic, global legal practice with offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, we have one of the largest legal footprints in South Africa. We employ more than 500 people, with 200 lawyers offering experience and knowledge across the spectrum of legal disciplines. Our clients include financial institutions, major industrial and commercial corporations, mining houses, parastatals and government departments.

Further, we provide an international pan-African legal service and legal advice to corporates, investment funds and financial institutions doing business in Africa.