Psychological Counselling in ICBC cases

The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be traumatic. Many of our clients sustain injuries that never fully heal. They may be left with chronic pain and a reduced ability to participate in the activities they enjoy. It can be difficult for someone who was previously healthy to deal with these long-term effects.

Sometimes our clients will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, or driving-related phobias. It is important to talk to your doctor, and inform your personal injury lawyer, if you are experiencing such effects. With a doctor’s referral, our personal injury lawyers are often able to obtain funding from ICBC for our clients to visit a psychologist.

Attending a registered psychologist can have a positive effect on the value of the claim for a person who was injured. A psychologist is able to identify the various issues experienced by a person, and report on how these issues affect the person’s life. This creates important medical evidence to support an ICBC injury claim.

If a medical professional has referred you to a psychologist, it is important to follow up on this recommendation. If you do not, ICBC will claim that you would have gotten better faster if you had followed your doctor’s recommendations. ICBC will likely claim that even your physical injuries would have healed faster and caused you less difficulty in life if you had seen a psychologist. They may claim that due to psychological difficulties, you are exaggerating your pain. By seeing a psychologist, we are able to obtain documented medical evidence to refute such arguments from ICBC.

If you have been injured in an accident and are suffering physical or psychological injuries, it is important to speak with an experienced ICBC lawyer. Call us at (604) 684-0040 to book an appointment with either our Vancouver or Surrey personal injury lawyers.

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