What Increases Your Compensation

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If you were a passenger when your car accident happened, then this may increase your compensation

Passengers are usually never responsible for their injuries and thus passengers usually always get car accident compensation for their injuries.

However, ICBC can always try to argue that a passenger did something wrong while sitting in a car, such as not wearing a seatbelt, in order to try to reduce the car accident compensation that a passenger can get.


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If you have witnesses to your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

If you were a driver and you have independent witnesses who saw the other vehicle and vehicle driver cause your accident, then your case may have much more strength to claim reasonable compensation for all of your injuries.


If you have all of the relevant details of the vehicles and vehicle drivers who caused your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

If an injured person identifies or makes reasonable efforts to identify all of the vehicles and vehicle drivers who caused their car accident, then their case may have much more strength to claim reasonable compensation for all of their injuries.


If you have regularly reported all of your injuries to your doctor and treatment providers, then this may increase your compensation

Usually the most important evidence of significant injuries comes out of what you report to your doctor and treatment providers and what your doctor and treatment providers observe as a result of you reporting.

Thus, injured people should always describe their injuries in detail to their doctors and treatment providers. And injured people should also let their doctors and treatment providers know how the injuries affect their daily activities such as family life, social life, work life, leisure life, etc.


If you have gotten all reasonable treatment, then this may increase your compensation

It is very important to pursue all medically recommended treatment as pursuing treatment shows that an injured person was genuinely injured and the injured person did whatever he/she could do to get better. If a person is able to show that he/she did all medically recommended treatment, then ICBC will have a tough time arguing that a person’s injury award should be lowered for failing to seek reasonable treatment.


If you have income loss as a result of your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

Injured people are entitled to claim all of their reasonable income loss as a result of their car accident.


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If you have treatment expenses, then this may increase your compensation

Injured people are entitled to claim all of their reasonable treatment expenses as a result of their car accident.


If you lost an opportunity in your work place or life as a result of your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

Injured people are entitled to claim compensation for loss of opportunities such as loss of workplace promotion or loss of contracted employment.


If you are unable to perform all work duties as a result of your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

Injured people are entitled to claim compensation for loss of functional and earning capacity. This means that if you were a heavy duty worker and now you have a become a light duty worker because of your car accident, then you may be able to claim more compensation.


If you had to pay someone for housekeeping due to your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

Injured people are entitled to claim compensation for any household work that they had to pay someone else to get done.


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If your business suffered a loss in business income due to your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

If you do not have any personally declared income, but your closely held company suffered a loss of income, the law may allow you to claim your closely held company income losses as your own personal income losses. So don’t be quick to rule yourself out on claiming compensation for loss of income.


If you have had significant affects on your life as a result of your car accident, then this may increase your compensation

Injured people are entitled to claim compensation for their pain and suffering.

And injured people are entitled to more compensation for pain and suffering which has had severe effects on an injured person’s life activities.

Thus, if it can be proven that you severely had your life’s day to day activities affected as a result of your car accident, then you may be able to increase your compensation.


If you require treatment in the future, then this may increase your compensation

Injured persons who require treatment in the future, are entitled to future treatment costs.


If you provided all your statements to ICBC after consulting a lawyer, then this may increase your compensation

From our experience, injured person’s sometimes inaccurately state their injuries and how their car accident happened. However, a lawyer working to get the injured person more compensation, will always try to make sure to ask lots of questions to the injured person to make sure what they are stating is accurate before a statement is drafted. A strong accurate statement which focuses on the relevant facts, may help to increase the compensation that an injured person may be eventually entitled to.



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