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April 21, 2016 20:43 ET

ICBC Claims Lawyer Cautions against Neglecting Medical Advice

Failing to Follow Advice After an Accident Can Adversely Affect Your ICBC Claim, Says Claims Lawyer

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - April 21, 2016) - Jiwa Law Corporation, a team of ICBC lawyers, has some important information for anyone involved in an accident-heed your doctor's advice. In the recent trial of Liu v. Bipinchandra, 2016 BCSC 283, a judge reduced an ICBC claim by 40% because the claimant failed to follow medical advice. For more, go to: http://www.jiwalawcorp.com/blog/judge-reduces-icbc-claim-by-40-for-failing-to-follow-medical-advice/

If you've sustained injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision, your doctor will likely recommend that you attend treatment at some point. It may be physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage therapy, active rehabilitation, medications, or even psychological counseling.

It is vital to your claim to follow your doctor's advice and heed the recommendations made. Being too busy, unmotivated due to your injuries, or being unable to afford the treatments are some reasons you may not want to attend. The fact remains, though, that you are injured and you need to "mitigate your losses." If you do not mitigate your losses, you set yourself up for a potentially reduced compensation package.

In the case of Liu v. Bipinchandra, a woman was injured in a car accident through no fault of her own. Her doctors prescribed medications and recommended that she attend physiotherapy, chiropractor, psychological and psychiatric counseling.

Although the claimant initially followed her doctors' advice, she stopped her medication and treatments, citing that they upset her stomach, cost too much money, she was too busy, the clinics were too far away, the treatments weren't helpful, and so on.

This woman's ICBC claim made its way before the courts and upon hearing that the woman failed to mitigate her losses by not following her doctors' advice, the trial judge deducted 40% from her pain and suffering award. In this particular case, 40% represented a significant amount the woman would have otherwise received had she followed her doctors' advice.

If your doctor recommends treatments and/or medications that you find difficult to follow, you should contact a lawyer for advice on how to proceed in order to maximize the compensation due to you.

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As a team of personal injury lawyers in Vancouver, everyone at the Jiwa Law Corporation understands that getting hurt can have a huge impact on the way you live your life. Whether you are injured as a result of a motor vehicle crash or another type of accident, our team can help you understand the law and protect your rights. Advice is available in all languages, including Punjabi, Hindi, Gujarati, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Farsi.

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