If you are a victim of a motor vehicle collision, this incident can create a host of issues and hardships. You may be dealing with the pain and emotional upset from the injuries you have suffered, the loss of your vehicle, the cost of treatment, time-consuming and arduous rehabilitation, and time and income lost from work.
In British Columbia, you must generally bring a claim against the liable party within two years of the date of your accident. A lawsuit will seek compensation for your injuries, including the following:
- Compensation for your pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Past wage loss
- Future wage loss (or loss of your capacity to earn income)
- Loss of housekeeping ability
- Cost of future care
- Out-of-pocket expenses for treatment (attending medical appointments, homecare services, counseling, and mileage to attend treatment)
In addition, you can also claim an in-trust award for services rendered by others related to tasks you could not do around the home and for care and services rendered by others. Claims may also be made for loss in insurability, loss of pension, and loss of disability or dental benefits. Each case will depend upon its particular facts.
It is important to seek medical assistance early and to follow a physician’s advice regarding treatment, time off work, attempts to return to work, and suggestions for rehabilitation. Should you fail to follow your physician’s advice, ICBC will argue that you did not mitigate your loss by doing everything you were supposed to do in order to recover from your injuries. ICBC may fund some of your treatment or rehabilitation costs through benefits you are entitled to under Part VII of the ICBC regulations. It is also important to have a record of your injuries, the course of treatment, and the recovery process in order for our lawyers to advocate for you in the settlement of your case, or in taking your case to trial.
Hiring our personal injury lawyers levels the playing field. Having tough, knowledgeable, and experienced legal representation will ensure you receive full compensation for your injuries and such representation is crucial when dealing with ICBC and its lawyers.
We only act for injured people, not for ICBC. We will protect your rights and your future by obtaining justice for you and your family. Contact LK Law today to engage one of our ICBC lawyers.