If you find yourself faced with this problem, here are some tips to help prevent ICBC’s lawyers from being able to make the argument that you are not really injured, or not seriously injured, when you are:
Stick to one walk-in clinic, if possible. This makes it easier. If that is not possible, keep calendar notes that record the name of the clinic, doctor and the date you attended. Also keep track of the days that you went but could not get in;
As harsh as it sounds, stand in the lines and see the doctor if you are in pain. Don’t procrastinate! If you do, and if there are large time periods in between visits to the doctor ICBC will likely make the argument that you probably were not really very hurt;
Do your best to tell the doctor about everything related to the accident. Let the doctor know about all of your accident related injuries, including any emotional problems you may have like depression, anxiety, worries, nightmares, etc. If you aren’t able to speak about everything in one visit, you will have to go back again to discuss the rest. Again, if you don’t do this, and get it documented, ICBC will not likely consider it when it comes time to settling your claim.
Not having a family doctor is not ideal, but it is a reality faced by many of us. However, you should not use this as an excuse not to get treatment if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident. And of course, I always think it is a good idea to get some legal advice! It may be that a lawyer can help you to better navigate the system and access treatments recommended by the walk-in clinic doctors.
For more information, please visit our personal injury page or contact Alana Hughes, or Kamloops ICBC and personal injury lawyer.