ICBC Changes – Diagnosis Timeline
DID YOU KNOW?
Under the new minor injury laws respecting ICBC claims, reports from a physician are required within 12 weeks of a motor vehicle accident in order to determine whether the injury is minor or serious. In certain circumstances, your physician may refer you to a Registered Care Advisor (RCA).
A doctor in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons can sign up to be an RCA. Once they are referred a patient, the RCA must assess within 15 days and provide a written report back to the referring physician within 10 days of the assessment.
Furthermore, the new legislation has outlined specific treatment protocols a physician must follow when diagnosing a patient. Failure to follow the prescribed protocols and meet treatment timelines could result in a serious impairment being deemed minor.
The new laws surrounding pain and suffering awards for minor injuries can be confusing. It’s important to know your rights so that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Seek legal counsel immediately following a motor vehicle accident.
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.