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Our ICBC car accidents, motorcycle and truck accident lawyers know how to get you the money you deserve. For personal injury claims, we will meet with you for FREE and we don’t get paid until we get you your money. Our ICBC personal injury team has the experience you need to get you up to 3.5 times as much money as what you might get on your own.
ICBC CAR ACCIDENT CLAIMS: FIVE COSTLY MISTAKES
As ICBC car accidents and claims lawyers, we’ve seen countless individuals make the same ICBC claim mistakes that cost you time, misery and money — three issues that can be minimized during this stressful period in your life.
1. NOT UNDERSTANDING YOUR RIGHTS
Know your rights, what you are entitled to, and how the system works. For example, once you file a car accident ICBC claim, you are not required to meet with an adjuster right away. It may come as a surprise, but ICBC does not have your best interests at heart. As a large corporation, their objective is to save money wherever possible. Research your rights and/or consult with an ICBC lawyer.
2. AVOIDING MEDICAL HELP AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Always see a doctor for medical assessment after an accident and report every injury, no matter how small it may seem. Why? You need to find out exactly what your injuries are and how to treat them. Not only does your ICBC injury need to be properly documented, the full impact of the injuries may not be understood for several weeks after the accident. If the pain worsens, return to that same doctor. The more detailed your medical records are, the better off you will be regardless of whether you settle your claim through mediation or if your ICBC claim case has to go to trial.
3. NOT TAKING NOTES
Immediately following your accident start recording notes. Use a journal or file folder to accumulate every accident detail you can remember. You should record not only the accident site basics, but log visits to the doctor, notes on your injuries, days of missed work, and any costs or other expenses related to the accident. Also helpful are photographs of the accident site, your injuries and your vehicle. A file like this will help you remember details during an often overwhelming and emotional period, and will greatly assist the ICBC lawyer helping you on your case.
4. SIGNING AN ICBC STATEMENT
You are not required to admit fault in an accident. Take some time to recover and prepare for your interview with an ICBC claims adjuster. You have up to 30 days from the date of the accident to file a written report. You should consider using this time to meet with one of our experienced ICBC car accident lawyers. We can even submit a statement on your behalf. If you decide to meet with the ICBC claims adjuster on your own, be sure to review the statement very carefully for any errors or missing information, which could be held against you in the future.
5. ACCEPTING EARLY SETTLEMENT
You may be offered a settlement early in your case which may be less than what you are entitled to. If you are still suffering from your injuries and/or are unhappy with the offer, be sure to consult with one of our experienced ICBC motorcycle, truck and car accident lawyers. Once you accept an offer from ICBC, you cannot seek any more money – your case is closed.