There are many variations of auto accidents that range from minor fender benders to severe crashes with a semi-truck or tractor-trailer. The injuries resulting from auto accidents in British Columbia can completely upend your life, causing severe injuries or the death of a loved one. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) claims process can be helpful in some cases but the way you file your ICBC claim could impact your ability to recover full compensation. That’s why an ICBC lawyer can be beneficial.
The details of the auto accident and type of injury will dictate the amount of compensation you receive, and these recoverable damages include:
- Medical expenses including emergency care, ongoing care, and rehabilitation
- Payment for property damage
- Lost wages or loss of future earnings
- Death benefits including burial expenses and loss of financial support and affection
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Compensation for auto accident injuries and damages are doled out depending on fault. If you were partially or wholly at fault, you will likely still recover costs for the car crash, but less than you would if you were not at fault.
How are ICBC Injury Benefits Determined?
When you file your claim with ICBC, a claims adjuster will review your case by going over the police report, crash scene, and consulting with an estimator to determine fault. Keep in mind, the amount you’re offered may be well below what you’re owed and fail to cover the costs of your medical and rehabilitation expenses. That’s where an ICBC lawyer such as ours at Stephens & Holman can help.
Our ICBC lawyers will compile the evidence including witness testimony. We will translate your injuries and other losses including psychological impacts such as PTSD and anxiety from the incident into a monetary value that will ensure you don’t face financial hardship while you recover or adjust to life with a disability.
An ICBC lawyer makes sure your rights are protected and helps even the playing field. Remember, it’s illegal for your claims adjustor to retaliate or fault you in any way for retaining legal counsel.
Some injuries don’t surface immediately after the accident. You may wake up with a stiff neck or experience dizziness due to a neck, back, or head injury. Remember, you have two years from the date of the incident to file your ICBC claim so start the process as soon as you notice symptoms of an injury.
Contact Our ICBC Lawyers in Vancouver Today
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in the Greater Vancouver area, our ICBC lawyers can help. Call us today at 604-730-4120 for a complimentary case evaluation. Stephens & Holman has 17 locations throughout the Vancouver area and provides ICBC and injury legal services to clients in the surrounding regions of British Columbia.