The following provide the top tips for your personal injury claim.
Regular Doctor and Rehabilitation visits
You must focus on you. Recovery should be your number one priority. In the early stages of your recovery, see your doctor at least every 2-3 weeks. Often times, injuries do not surface right away and it can take a couple of weeks to a month to fully realize the actual extent of the injuries you sustained in an accident. Keep your doctor informed of any pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Do not minimize your pain. This will ensure that your doctor can point you in the right direction and to the right specialists needed for your recovery. Your doctor’s medical records and medical legal report are one of the most important documents that your lawyer and ICBC analyze when settling your claim.
If you’re injured in a car accident – keep it off social media networking sites such as Facebook and DO NOT discuss your case with strangers
ICBC can and has monitored Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking media accounts of personal injury claim applicants for photographs, status updates, wall posts etc. that are at odds with the impact of injuries put forward by claimants. This has often resulted in significantly reduced claims or the dismissal of claims altogether.
Keep a Diary for your Personal Injury Claim
For your personal injury claim, if you are injured and are in the process of recovery, it is good practice to keep a diary recording important information pertaining to, but not limited to, the following:
- changes in your daily activity;
- the quantity and frequency of medication;
- problems relating to sleeping and eating;
- days taken off of work,
- where and what type of pain you are feeling; and
- medical and rehabilitation appointments.
Keep all Receipts Related to your Injuries
Keeping receipts will allow your lawyer to recover costs for your personal injury claim that you would not have incurred but for your injuries. An example of the types of receipts you should be saving are:
- Physiotherapy and other types of rehabilitation appointments;
- Both prescription and non-prescription drugs;
- Crutches, Heat Pads, Ice Packs;
- Parking; and
- Taxi cab rides; etc.
Focus on your Recovery and Do Not Settle Until you have Totally Recovered
Do not settle your claim until your doctor decides that you have recovered as much as possible from your injuries. You must wait until you are entirely sure that you have reached a plateau in your recovery. This is because after you settle your claim you forfeit all future claims pertaining to the same accident. If symptoms show up later, you will not be compensated for them. Be patient. Work with your doctor, rehabilitation administrators, and lawyer to decide when it is best to settle your claim.
Do not wait to hire a lawyer! Get the personal injury claim you deserve
Like many other types of claims, there are certain limitation periods that apply when bringing forth a personal injury claim with ICBC. Hiring a lawyer ensures that you do not miss important deadlines involved in your claim, such as applying for certain benefits and commencing court proceedings. Most personal injury lawyers offer initial consultations at no cost. It is in your best interest to talk to a lawyer before speaking with ICBC so that you can obtain valuable advice with respect to issues such as securing or gathering the information necessary to help prove your claim. If possible, call a lawyer before giving a statement to ICBC. Lawyers have the knowledge and resources to determine the appropriate quantum of damages applicable to your injuries. This knowledge is vital in ensuring you accept a fair offer settlement from ICBC.
When Should I Hire a Lawyer?
- Causation; and
- Other complex issues.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, do not wait, call us now at 604-602-9000.