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BC Government Announces ICBC Changes

After years of financial hardship at ICBC, the BC NDP government announced on February 6, 2018, a series of changes to ICBC that may affect those injured in a car accident in BC.

These changes include a $5,500 cap on pain and suffering on minor injury awards and the introduction of a Civil Resolution Tribunal to assess minor injury claims.

The BC government also plans to increase the lifetime allowance of medical care and recovery costs for those catastrophically injured in a car accident from $150,000 to $300,000. This change will be made retroactive to January 1, 2018 and include changes to Temporary Total Disability Benefits and payments towards Homemaking Assistance.

If you’ve been injured in an ICBC motor vehicle accident, you may be unsure of how your rights have been affected by these changes to ICBC. These questions you have may include:

  1. When will this cap on minor injury claims come into effect?
  2. What if I have an ongoing ICBC injury claim?
  3. What is considered a minor injury claim?
  4. Who decides what is considered a minor injury claim?
  5. What is the Civil Resolution Tribunal?
  6. What if I or my doctors do not agree I have a minor injury?
  7. Do I have any rights to appeal to a judge BC Supreme Court?

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident and are unsure how the recently announced ICBC changes may impact you, the personal injury lawyers at Diamond and Diamond are ready to assist in explaining what impact these changes may have on you. Call Diamond and Diamond today at 1-800-567-HURT (4878) for a FREE CONSULTATION.


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