When you experience a personal injury after a car accident, there are certain steps in the recovery process that can help your legal claim. By following these steps under the guidance of a Spraggs & Co. accident lawyer serving Surrey, Coquitlam, Vancouver and surrounding areas, you can assist in ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
A visit to your family physician is critical as soon as possible after an accident or after discharge from the hospital. For the next several months or years, your family doctor may become a hub of information in your medical treatment plan by recording your complaints, ordering tests (such as x-rays or MRIs), referring you to see needed specialists, and reviewing specialist reports received.
At the first appointment after the accident, be sure to communicate all of your physical and mental injuries. You should tell the doctor about all of your conditions at each appointment thereafter until you are no longer impacted by the accident. It is important to avoid downplaying or exaggerating the symptoms. This not only assists your lawyer in proving your claim, but helps your physician in recommending and overseeing necessary treatment.
If you do not have a family physician, attempt to find one. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has a list of family physicians accepting new patients. If you cannot find a family physician, choose a walk-in clinic and continue to go to that same clinic to ensure continuity of care and record-keeping.
Attend the regular and specialist appointments that are recommended by your family doctor or other medical professionals. See your doctor regularly to provide an update, explaining the treatments that are working and any that are not. By maintaining good communication with your doctor, he or she will be able to provide a medical legal report which includes a diagnosis of your injuries, pre-existing conditions, treatment history, and any potential long-term effects of the injuries. Failing to comply with treatment recommendations made by your family physician can reduce the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries.
If your conditions are not improving, do not wait several months to tell your doctor. If something isn’t working, tell your physician and find out what else can be done.
In order to avoid any possible discrepancies or attacks against the credibility of your claim and injuries by ICBC adjusters, avoid using social media. Most importantly, avoid posting about your injuries or any activities you are participating in that could be used as evidence against the severity of your injury. If you are unsure about the types of content you should avoid sharing, an accident lawyer at our firm can provide you with a guideline.
You must first submit your expenses to any workplace or private insurance medical plan you have before submitting them to ICBC. We can submit any unpaid balance to ICBC under Part 7 of the regulations. Eligibility for Part 7 benefits can be an area of dispute with ICBC, which is why it is best to have your accident lawyer serving Vancouver, Surrey, and Coquitlam handle this for you.
From the date of the accident, you have two years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and submit a claim to ICBC. Please be aware that there are exceptions to this 2-year rule where you have a shorter amount of time to file a claim. It is critical that you not miss the time limit. If you are unhappy with the benefits or lack of accident benefits you receive from ICBC, you also have two years to file an appeal. This process can often be stressful, especially in the face of injury, which is why it’s important to receive help from an accident lawyer.
We will be in contact with you periodically during your recovery process for an update on your status and to keep you informed about what is happening with your claim. You can also contact us if you have questions or updates to provide, such as the treatment obtained, names of specialists you have seen, if there are significant changes in your condition, if treatment becomes too costly, you are uncertain about returning to work or have a change in your circumstances.
We understand that every accident injury is unique, as are your individual circumstances. It is important not to settle any claims with ICBC until after you have recovered (to the extent that recovery is possible) so that you don’t accept too little for the recovery process ahead.
Our accident lawyers serve Surrey, Vancouver and many other areas of the Lower Mainland. We can help you to achieve a fair outcome.
Contact us today at 1-866-939-3339.