There are many misconceptions when it comes to car accident injuries, ICBC claims, and personal injury lawsuits in BC. Here are the top five car accident myths and the facts you should know to protect yourself and your legal rights if you have been injured.
1.I feel OK at the scene, so I don’t need to see a doctor.
You may think you don’t need medical attention because you didn’t suffer major injuries in the accident. The truth of the matter is that some injuries are not obvious, and it can be dangerous to leave such injuries untreated (for example, an internal injury or concussion injury). Surrey lawyers at our firm also regularly hear from clients that they did not initially realize how serious their injuries were due to adrenaline and shock after the car accident. Protect yourself and avoid legal trouble by getting checked over by a doctor.
2. All that matters is who the police or ICBC say is at fault for the accident.
Did the police ticket you at the scene? Has ICBC said you are to blame for the car accident? Do not rely on what the police, ICBC, or anyone else says about who is at fault for the car accident – always consult a lawyer. It is possible to challenge ICBC’s determination of fault, and even if you are partly at fault, you are still entitled to bring an ICBC claim and receive compensation for your injuries.
3. If I don’t make a personal injury claim right away, I missed my chance.
While it is true that a car accident victim has a limited window of time to notify ICBC of a claim and to sue for compensation, it is also true that some injuries take days or weeks to manifest. It may even take months or years for the full extent of an injury to manifest – this is particularly true of a head (e. brain or concussion) injury. Surrey lawyers at Simpson Thomas & Associates have previously discussed limitation periods and when to file an ICBC claim. If you have questions about whether you can still make a claim, contact one of our team of personal injury lawyers today for advice.
4. I don’t need to talk to a personal injury lawyer because ICBC will take care of my claim.
ICBC is not your ally when it comes to your personal injury claim. The ICBC adjuster works for ICBC – not you. Be careful what you say to the ICBC adjuster. Never admit liability or make a statement about something that you are unsure of, as ICBC can use that against you. The ICBC adjuster’s goal is to resolve your claim as quickly and for as little money as possible. You should always seek legal counsel from an experienced car accident lawyer, particularly if you suffered significant injuries or if fault is disputed.
5. I can’t afford a personal injury lawyer to help me with my ICBC claim.
The reality is that most personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation so you will have a no-cost opportunity to discuss your legal options and learn how the lawyer can help you with your claim. If you decide to hire a personal injury lawyer, it will likely be on a contingency fee arrangement which means it does not cost you anything to have advice and guidance from a lawyer unless you receive a settlement.
If you have questions about any of our car accident myths, contact us!
Surrey/Delta, Abbotsford, and Vancouver lawyers at Simpson, Thomas & Associates are here to help if you or a loved one has questions after being injured in a car accident. Our personal injury law firm has an enviable record of success handling complex ICBC claims for clients throughout BC and our team aims to continue building on our reputation of providing the best quality service to our clients. For answers about the ICBC claims process and how to maximize the compensation you receive, contact Simpson, Thomas & Associates to request your free consultation or call us today at (604) 689-8888.