What You Must Do In Order To Claim Section 7 Benefits?

To receive Section 7 benefits, you have to provide ICBC with written particulars about the consequences of the accident.

This must be done within 30 days of the motor vehicle accident. You also need to complete ICBC’s accident benefit claim form and that must be done within 90 days of the accident. It is very important that your claim adhere to these time limits.

There are also some things you should avoid when you are the claimant. Many people are not aware of the particular restrictions on a disability claim. For instance, you are allowed 12 physiotherapy visits under the claim. If you want more than 12 treatments, you can certainly get them, but you can only do so with a written note from your doctor. Whether you return to work or not after an accident can also affect your disability benefits, and that is something people may not be aware of. If you have worked after the accident for more than 20 days and then your injury disables you from working any longer, ICBC does not have to pay the disability benefits. This means that you must stop working within the first 20 days after the accident. These are fairly big mistakes that people could make. Obviously you are going to try to continue working because you may feel that you can work through the injury. But working for more than 20 days after the accident and then applying for a claim could create a problem in receiving benefits.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the Vancouver, British Columbia Region, contact Stephens & Holman.

This article is taken from a June 17, 2008 interview with Simon Holman, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Stephens & Holman in Vancouver , a Personal Injury Law Firm.

Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.