There is no requirement to hire a lawyer for an ICBC claim. This is true even in cases that go to court. Of course, choosing to go it alone means just that. You will be required to deal with any and all issues that arise on your own and your settlement will, likely, reflect this.
You do not have to hire a lawyer for an ICBC claim, but you might want to. Having a lawyer on your side helps ensure you are completely aware of all of your options, helps protect your best interests, and may even help you secure a larger and more comprehensive settlement.
The ICBC determines compensation based on their own investigation. This may include a review of police reports, witness accounts, and observations from the scene. When you hire a lawyer to help with your ICBC claim, he or she will review this data to help establish liability.
In B.C., you may still be eligible for compensation if you caused the accident, but the amount you are awarded may be impacted by your actions. During your consultation at one of our 25 B.C. offices, one of our ICBC lawyers can address this in greater detail to help ensure you are fully aware of your rights.
While each accident is entirely unique, areas of recoverable compensation that may be sought with an ICBC claim include:
- Property Damage
- Cost of Treatment
- Lost Income
Pain and suffering, which includes both physical and emotional distress, can be included in ICBC claims as well. The amount you receive for pain and suffering – along with other damages – may be impacted by your choice to work with or not to work with a lawyer.
During your free consultation, we will carefully evaluate your claim, provide honest information about your options, and help you choose the most effective way forward.
Please contact Stephens & Holman by calling 604-730-4120 or using the contact form on this page to set up your complimentary consultation. We maintain several offices in British Columbia to better serve victims of serious injury throughout the region.