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The Role of a Social Worker After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Vancouver ICBC claim lawyers at Simpson Thomas & Associates represent people who are seriously injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, including individuals who have suffered a head or brain injury, paraplegia or quadriplegia, or other catastrophic injuries. Accident victims often need help to navigate the complex legal, insurance and healthcare systems in BC. A social worker can be of great assistance to those who are injured in a motor vehicle accident. In this post, we will discuss the role of a social worker and how a social worker can help in an ICBC injury claim.

Vancouver ICBC Claims Lawyers discuss the role of a social worker post-MVA

Recovery from a car accident – particularly one that caused a brain injury or other significant injury or impairment – can be extremely overwhelming. As a result of the injuries, an accident victim may not be able to return to work. To maximize recovery, an accident victim may need equipment, specialized rehab, medical supports and other services. Those who are most seriously injured as a result of a car accident may require specialized housing or in-home care. It can be difficult for an accident victim to know what rehabilitation services they need, how to arrange them, and whether they are covered by government funds, private insurance, or within the ICBC claim. Post-MVA, a social worker can be part of the team that advocates for an accident victim’s needs and rights. Depending on the accident victim’s needs and the severity of their injuries, a social worker may assist in the following ways:

  • By making assessments and developing intervention plans to connect the accident victim to resources and services.
  • By preparing the accident victim for discharge from a hospital by assessing their need for community-based services or facilitating the transition between hospital and another care setting, such as a residential care facility.
  • By providing counselling and support services to the accident victim to help cope with psychological injuries or difficulties. For example, an accident victim may benefit from counselling sessions with a social worker to address post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and/or fear of driving as a result of the accident.

Accident victims are likely eligible for Part 7 funding for counselling sessions. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should contact a Vancouver personal injury lawyer to talk about obtaining funding from ICBC for treatment and rehabilitation expenses.

 A personal injury lawyer is also part of the accident victim’s team

A personal injury lawyer is also an integral part of the team that advocates for an accident victim’s needs and rights. The highly qualified team of Vancouver ICBC claim lawyers at Simpson, Thomas & Associates is concerned about your rehabilitation and we mobilize all possible resources to accomplish that objective. Our team of top personal injury lawyers have an enviable record of success, handling all types of claims including major loss claims and catastrophic injury cases. We aim to continue building on our reputation of providing quality service to our clients. Vancouver, Abbotsford, Surrey/Delta, and Burnaby office appointments are available for accident victims who need legal advice with respect to ICBC claims for compensation. If an accident has resulted in mobility issues, one of our team of personal injury lawyers will come to you. Use our e-Form to request a free consultation or call (604) 689-8888 to find out how our experienced personal injury lawyers can guide you through the ICBC claims process, connect you with rehabilitation services, and maximize your compensation.


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