If you’re injured in a car accident in BC, this typically involves dealing with ICBC, which can be complicated and overwhelming. Working with a personal injury lawyer experienced in navigating the ICBC claims process minimizes your stress by providing peace of mind that your claim is being handled correctly while your focus is where it should be – recovering from your injuries.
Below are five key benefits of working with a personal injury lawyer after being involved in an accident:
1 – Understanding the ICBC Claims Process
An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate your claim quickly and will understand what needs to be done to efficiently move your type of claim through the ICBC claims process. The ICBC claims process can be intimidating for accident victims, especially when “taking on” a corporate giant like ICBC, who has a large legal department of litigators on the payroll. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer, allows you to offload having to worry that you’ve missed an important deadline or piece of evidence needed to prove your claim or verify your injuries. At BTM our lawyers will talk to you about your case in detail. Then they will identify the strengths and weaknesses of your case and provide you with strategic options so that you can make informed decisions about how to proceed, you are not taken by surprise, or left vulnerable to being taken advantage of by adjusters or the insurance company.
2 – Hitting Deadlines and Handling the Paperwork
After being involved in an accident, multiple legal documents need to be completed and filed. It’s vital that these are done correctly and within the designated time periods set out in your car insurance policy. In addition to applying for Part 7 Accident Benefits, there is paperwork that needs to be completed, filed, and served if you want to start a lawsuit against the person you believe is at fault for your injuries. When it comes to a personal injury lawsuit, typically, you have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim in court. Failing to file your claim in time can prevent you from recovering damages for your injuries. Having an experienced lawyer to prepare your claim ensures that you do not lose the opportunity to get the compensation you’re entitled to.
3 – Knowing the Worth of Your Claim
Working with a personal injury lawyer who has handled multiple types of personal injury claims means they are skilled at looking at your particular situation, the facts of your case, and assessing the likely value of your claim. This ability can be the difference between receiving fair compensation from ICBC or receiving nothing at all. BTM lawyers will assess the legal issues in your case, the nature and scope of your injuries, and provide you with reliable insight into what you can expect. This can include compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, cost of future care, and other costs related to your claim.
4 – Improving Your Chances of Recovering Compensation
A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can improve your chances of making sure that ICBC provides a fair settlement offer and if the case goes forward to trial you have a much better chance of winning your case, with a skilled trial lawyer representing your interests. Personal injury lawyers can also promote your needs through strategic connections, like medical experts or private investigators who can add value to your case. They also know when ICBC is low-balling you and will ensure that they fight for the compensation you deserve. BTM Lawyers are experienced in dealing with ICBC. We understand ICBC rhetoric and are aware of how provincial legislative changes may affect your case.
5 – Getting the Resources You Need to Help Your Recovery
The number one priority of any personal injury lawyer is advocating for you to win a settlement that will allow you to live as comfortably as you were before your accident. This can involve assisting you with getting funding for rehabilitation treatments related to the injuries you sustained from your accident. BTM lawyers have access to a broad network of medical providers who can provide recommendations and treatment plans the cover how to best recover from your injuries. Also, our personal injury law team can provide emotional support during this period. We’re able to help you regain your confidence, and help you tackle your recovery head-on.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an automobile accident and you need assistance navigating your claim with ICBC, you will benefit from speaking with one of BTM’s personal injury lawyers. Our initial personal injury consultations are free of charge, and our injury lawyers are passionate about practicing in this area of law. We will guide you through the process and work on your behalf to obtain the care you need and the compensation you deserve.
We offer free initial consultations for personal injury cases. Come talk to us without obligation, and find out where you stand.