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Tip of the Month #7

TOP 10 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN MAKING AN ICBC CLAIM

Mistake #7: What to do when a Friend, Relative, or Spouse Causes an Accident While You are a Passenger 

People are often concerned with advancing an ICBC injury claim when their spouse, friend or relative was driving the vehicle. They often don`t understand that they have a valid injury claim. Common situations include, a single vehicle accident where the driver,

Mistake #5: You Attend an ICBC-Appointed Doctor or Specialist Without Retaining Your Own Medical Specialist.

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Mistake #5: You Attend an ICBC-Appointed Doctor or Specialist Without Retaining Your Own Medical Specialist.

 

ICBC often uses the same medical specialists. Sometimes, those specialists prepare written reports for ICBC that may well help your case, but you won’t know this because ICBC claims privilege over the reports (this means they do not have to disclose the report to you).  Often, those reports hurt your case.  

 

Top 10 ICBC Claim Mistakes – Tip of the Month #4

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Mistake #4: Your Doctor Does Not Examine You Regularly After Your Accident

It is extremely important that your doctor examine you fairly regularly during the initial period of significant pain, at least once per month (twice if possible).

If a significant injury is later discovered ie. rotator cuff tears, disc bulges, labral tears etc., then it can become difficult to obtain medical opinions connecting those injuries to the car accident. Your family doctor may not support the case if he/she feels they didn’t discover the injury earlier.  

Top 10 ICBC Claim Mistakes – Tip of the Month #3

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Mistake #3: After Your ICBC Accident, You Are Examined At Different Walk-In Clinics

Try to find a family doctor.  The College of Physicians and Surgeon’s website maintains a list of clinics taking on new patients (click here).

If you can’t find one, then choose one doctor at a single walk-in clinic and only see that doctor for the life of your injury claim. Make sure this doctor is comfortable handling ICBC claims and the paperwork that might be involved.