Filing an ICBC Personal Injury Claim

The ideal time for someone to try and understand how to file a claim with ICBC is hardly after they have been injured in an accident. Here we will break down the steps to filing a claim on your own as well as the simplified version achieved with hiring a personal injury lawyer to file on your behalf.

How to File A Personal Injury Claim On Your Own


  • Key 3-5 factors on whether someone qualifies to file a personal injury claim

  • Must be injured as a result of someone’s negligence (i.e. car accident where the other party is at fault, or slip and fall where the owner of the property has failed to take reasonable steps to make the property safe).

  • Must suffer an injury (usually need more than a minimal physical injury). Psychological injuries can be compensable, but usually need a psychiatric diagnosis and be caused by the negligent act.

  • Must be at least 19 years of age. Those under 19 years of age have to bring such claims through a lawyer.

Steps of The Process

  • Steps of how to file an injury claim on one’s own.

  • Contact the other party or other party’s insurer to notify them of the claim so they have a reasonable opportunity to investigate.

  • Gather and present evidence to the other party or other party’s insurer to show they are at fault and what damages you have suffered.

  • Determine what your damages are worth.

  • If unable to come to a settlement, file proceedings in the appropriate forum to have fault and damages determined.

Related Responsibilities

  • Other necessary tasks they will need to undertake, (i.e. gathering evidence)

  • Gather necessary evidence to prove the other party is at fault for injuries (witness statement, pictures, etc.

  • Gather necessary medical and other documents to prove injuries resulting from the incident, and damages suffered as a result.

  • If appropriate communicate with insurer’s regarding reimbursement for expenses independent of the claim against the third party.

  • Know time limits for filing a formal claim in court or other forum depending on claim to avoid limitation period expiring (which would extinguish the claim).

  • Following procedures applicable to forum that claim is filed in.

Having A Personal Injury Lawyer File A Claim On Your Behalf

Hiring the right lawyer

  • Key 3-5 factors on whether someone qualifies to file a personal injury claim

  • Same as above. An experienced lawyer can determine if you have a valid claim worth pursuing and advise you accordingly. Initial consultations are free even if it the advice is the claim is not worth pursuing.

  • An experienced lawyer can obtain the documents and reports necessary to prove your claim and ensure you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries.

  • An experienced lawyer will guide you through the process and ensure your claim is resolved fairly with ICBC or other insurers, and is familiar with the process for having your claim filed in the appropriate court or other forum. They handle all the procedural details so you don’t have to worry about them, and make sure that you don’t lose out on your right to make a claim.

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident at no fault of your own is stressful enough. Between taking time off work to visiting doctors' offices, the last thing you need is to be bothered by e-mails, phone calls, and letters from your insurance company, doubting your injuries and pushing for settlement. As a client of Port Moody Law Group, you’re getting more than professional representation. Our boutique style law firm offers personalized services with a hands-on approach. We focus exclusively on ICBC Personal Injury claims, and have been successfully representing our clients since 1998.

Upon hiring Port Moody Law Group, we will immediately contact ICBC to revoke any permission they have to contact you or your family. ICBC will no longer be authorized to obtain medical records from your doctors unless it goes through us first. Our discussions are always private and confidential. Let us speak for you so you can focus on getting better. If you or a loved one are interested in having professional representation, contact Craig McTavish today to discuss how an experienced lawyer can help you fight for the care and compensation you deserve.

Craig McTavish ⎟ (604) 917-0458