If you do not retain a lawyer, you will likely receive a settlement offer directly from ICBC and will be asked to sign a release form. If you are unsure whether the offer is reasonable, it is best to contact a lawyer for an opinion. If you elect to accept the offer and sign the release, your claim is concluded and you cannot ask for additional compensation even if your injuries get worse or new injuries are uncovered. There are very few exceptions, so if you are not sure what to do, a lawyer can help you decide the best course of action.
Some people settle their personal injury claim directly with ICBC and never regret their decision. However, there are many different categories of compensation that may apply to your situation, and each claim for compensation is unique. The process of settlement can be complex. Contacting a lawyer will help ensure that you are compensated for all of your losses.
Be informed and be certain before you sign a release.
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