There are a few things to consider before you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you.
Are there complications to your claim?
Not all claims are straightforward. If your claim is complicated by factors such as the accident being a hit and run, there being a disagreement over who was at fault for the accident, and having pre-existing health issues, a personal injury lawyer can be of assistance in providing advice and guidance and ensuring your rights are protected.
Hiring a lawyer allows you to focus on your recovery
Hiring a personal injury lawyer allows the injured party to focus on getting better. Once you hire a lawyer, ICBC can no longer contact you about your injury claim and must only contact your lawyer. This allows the injured person to stop worrying about dealing with ICBC and gives them the ability to solely focus on their recovery.
ICBC does not act in your best interests
ICBC is not required to act in your best interests. Aside from providing you with “no-fault” benefits that will cover a small portion of your treatment costs, your ICBC adjuster has no duty of good faith to you. Your ICBC adjuster’s job is to get the best settlement as possible for their insured, the other driver. On the other hand, a personal injury lawyer that you hire must act in your best interests.
If you are unsure on whether you need a personal injury lawyer or legal representation, don't hesitate to contact us.