Expected Length of Personal Injury Case After Claim Filed With ICBC
No personal injury lawyer in British Columbia can tell a client exactly how long a case might take, after that same client has filed a claim with ICBC (Insurance Corporation British Columbia). Still, those same lawyers do understand which factors can influence the rate at which such a claim gets investigated, in order to determine ICBC’s response to the claim’s allegations.
The nature of the lawyer’s influence
ICBC Lawyers in Vancouver can work to expedite achievement of a settlement.
Lawyers’ influence also relates to their ability to increase the size of a client’s settlement.
What should get compensated, following a settlement’s conclusion?
Sometimes, only the expenses attached to a client’s medical bills get compensated. In such cases, the 2 sides reach a settlement in a limited amount of time. At other times, the client’s injury lawyer may seek compensation for pain and suffering or for lost wages. In such instances, the legal process that precedes the settling of a case tends to stretch on for a longer period of time.
Other factors that can affect the length of a case:
If the victim recovers slowly, the injury lawyer should refuse to settle until that victim/client has undergone a complete recovery. Otherwise, the client risks the chance of missing out on a fair compensation.
If the claimant has managed to hold onto valuable evidence, then that can work to hasten the attainment of a settlement. For that reason, smart claimants should hold onto any receipts that show a payment for medical expenses. Hospital bills and a claimant’s proof of lost wages serve as significant pieces of evidence.
If the claimant happened to be self-employed, it could take longer for him or her to collect proof of income/profits lost, during the time that the same claimant/entrepreneur was recovering from an accident-caused injury. In this case, the self-employed claimant would need to work closely with a hired injury lawyer.
A missed deadline can definitely slow the entire process. Claimants that work with a lawyer do not have to suspend the process, if they have missed a deadline. Lawyers in British Columbia understand how to win extensions for their clients.
If the ICBC has claimed that contributory negligence had added to the likelihood that the plaintiff would sustain injuries, then that claim tends to increase the amount of time that precedes the reaching of an agreement. For instance, an allegation about the plaintiff’s failure to wear a seat belt could prolong the negotiations and possible litigations, in a case involving a motor vehicle accident.
Obviously, a request for an appeal would delay the reaching of an agreement. On the other hand, a readiness to consider and weigh the other side’s arguments could hasten the time when both sides did agree.