This is a challenging and frustrating time for all Canadians, and with constant changes to legislation you may have questions how this will affect your personal injury claim. This article attempts to answer some of the questions you may have.
No, regular operations all British Columbia Courts are currently suspended. Some Court operations are available for essential and urgent matters. Personal injury matters are generally not considered essential or urgent. All personal injury matters scheduled for hearing between March 19, 2020 and May 1, 2020 are adjourned, unless the Court otherwise directs.
Yes, if you have been in a motor vehicle accident, the process remains the same. You should report the accident to ICBC. If you have any questions or concerns about reporting the accident to ICBC or about your claim in general, you should contact a lawyer for advice.
No, most law firms are fully operational and ready to serve new and existing clients via email, telephone and video conferencing.
Yes, even though the Courts are closed, the reality is that most cases settle out of Court. The B.C. Government has designated lawyers as essential services. Settlement is still achievable when the Courts are closed.
Yes, Mediation can be conducted by video conference.
Yes, although social distancing makes some forms of treatment impossible (such as massage therapy or acupuncture) some clinics are offering other forms of treatment such as physiotherapy, kinesiology, and counselling by video conference.
Written by: Kevin McLaren