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Hiring Someone to Do Your Housework - Vancouver Car Accident Claims

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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                       CAN I HIRE SOMEONE TO DO MY HOUSEWORK  ?? - A Vancouver Car Accident Question


 Alright, so you've been injured in a car accident and your house is quickly becoming a mess. The dirty dishes  are stacking up in the sink. The kids are throwing their underwear on the floor. And your husband still can't figure out how to work the vacuum.

Your neck and back are sore. You've got a headache. And you haven't had a decent nights sleep since your accident.

So, can you go ahead and hire someone to come in and do your housework ?  That's the logical question. Isn't it ?

Well, it may be the logical question from where you sit. But, quite frankly, it's not the question you should really be asking.

You see, what you're really asking isn't -  CAN  you hire someone to come in an do your house work ?

The question you are really asking is - Will ICBC reimburse you for the housekeeping expenses you incur car accident as a result of your injuries ??

Now that we've got your question straightened away, let's get you an answer.

Firstly, before you spend a nickle on a housekeeper, you need to  make sure that your family doctor thinks it's reasonable for you to get housekeeping assistance. The best way to do this is to get a note saying exactly that. And, in the same vein, make sure that your doctor's note indicates how long you'll need housekeeping help.

Secondly, make sure you hire someone who isn't a family member or close friend. Why ? Well, the last thing you want to do is give ICBC the opportunity to say the whole housekeeping thing was a scam.

Thirdly, you want to make sure that you keep good records. Write down the dates on which you paid for housekeeping help, the hours worked on each day and the hourly rate you paid. And make sure you pay for any housekeeping help with a cheque. But before you fork over the cheque get a receipt from the person who helped you with their full name, address and telehone number on it.

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