ICBC Changes – CRT (Civil Resolution Tribunal)
DID YOU KNOW?
The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) – an online system typically used to resolve minor civil and strata disputes – now has jurisdiction over pain and suffering payouts for minor injuries sustained due to a motor vehicle accident that occurred in British Columbia on or after April 1, 2019. This means that any disputes over minor injury claims cannot be resolved in court, unless you can prove your injuries do not fall under the newly expanded definition of a “minor injury.”
The CRT also has jurisdiction on motor vehicle accident claims up to $50,000. Claims exceeding that amount will be deferred to the courts; however, it is also up to the claimant to provide substantial evidence that his or her claim will likely exceed $50,000. If the dispute is denied by the CRT, the claimant may be subject to the new $5,500 limit on pain and suffering awards for minor injuries.
When dealing with the CRT, claimants are permitted to have legal representation, but once the tribunal process has begun, no court litigation is allowed. It is vital, then, to seek legal counsel immediately following a motor vehicle accident. A lawyer can help you defend your rights and ensure that you receive proper compensation.
Based in Cranbrook, Rella, Paolini & Rogers operates one of the largest, most successful motor vehicle accident claims practices in the southeast region of B.C., with a focus on ICBC claims.