Pre-Accident Problems & Your Vancouver Accident Claim
Neck and Back Problems Before Your Car Accident ?
What will This Mean to Your ICBC Claim ?
I talk to people all the time who think that because they had neck and/or back problems prior to their car accident they don't have a legitimate ICBC injury claim.
And that's just not the case.
You see, even if you had pre-accident problems in the areas of your body that were injured in your accident, you're still entitled to compensation.
But what you need to understand is what exactly you're seeking compensation for.
I'll make a long story short. You're entitled to compensation for the difference between what your condition was like before your accident and what its been like following your accident.
The usual term that ICBC adjusters, lawyers and medical people use for this type of difference is "aggravation".
What difference are we talking about here ?
The difference I'm referring to includes: how often you suffer from pain; how long these episodes of pain last; the difference in the degree/severity of your pain; the difference in your treatment and medication requirements; and the impact the pain has had on your ability to do things ( i.e. work, chores, sports/hobbies etc.)
Want a visual ? Think of one of those commercials on television that uses before and after pictures. The guy who had one too many doughnuts walks into Big Al's Gym ( before). Two months later he looks like the Incredible Hulk ( after).
Got it ?
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