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Accident victim can seek legal guidance with ICBC claims process

The ICBC claims process is a mystery to most British Columbia drivers. This is because nobody makes a habit of getting involved in car accidents and suffering injuries. An accident victim might be wise to research the claims process before meeting with a claims adjuster. It is a process that need not be rushed -- as long as a claim is filed within the two-year time limit.

One way of learning how to maximize insurance benefits is to retain the services of a lawyer who has experience in fighting for the rights of injured motorists. This can help someone avoid entering into agreements with the insurer before understanding all applicable legal rights. A crash victim should not give in to pressure by the adjuster to sign any authorization, nor is it necessary to make an official statement about the accident.

ICBC will make a settlement offer, and a legal representative can help ascertain whether it is a fair offer. The lawyer can also determine whether there are any grounds to sue the driver or owner of the other vehicle. While ICBC might offer compensation for medical expenses and lost income, there might be more to recover by pursuing a civil lawsuit.

In a cases in which victims of car accidents were pressured by ICBC adjusters to make statements and sign authorizations before learning about their rights to seek legal counsel, an accident victim can consult with a lawyer to review the signed documents. The attorney can then take the necessary action to rectify inaccuracies. With the support and guidance of an experienced British Columbia personal injury lawyer, the injured motorist will have a better chance of recovering maximum benefits.

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