I recently settled an injury claim with ICBC. I read with concern Attorney-General David Eby’s suggestion that lawyers are driving up costs. In my experience, ICBC mishandled my claim and drove up costs.
Through no fault of my own, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2013. I was off work for about six weeks. When I returned, I struggled with physical pain, debilitating headaches and dealing with the emotional impact of the accident.
I dealt with ICBC on my own for over a year, at times feeling pressured to settle, which I declined to do so because I was still in so much pain. I finally sought the help of a lawyer in March 2014. When my condition stabilized, we made a settlement proposal in August 2016. Without explanation, ICBC responded with an offer that was 15 cents on the dollar.
Fast forward to Nov. 22, 2018, two business days before my trial was set to start. My case settled for the very offer we made over two years earlier. In the meantime, we were forced to incur additional expert witness expenses in preparation of trial, including costly cancellation fees, all of which ICBC ultimately had to pay. ICBC also had to pay additional legal expense to their lawyers and expert witnesses.
It is unfortunate that ICBC did not treat me fairly from the start. It would have saved itself tens of thousands of dollars.
Erin Roddie, Vancouver
Eby shouldn’t blame lawyers
I disagree with NDP Attorney-General David Eby’s comments regarding ICBC in his Dec. 10 op-ed.
I was injured in a serious car accident caused by a bad driver and missed five years of work because of the injuries. While I returned to work part-time for a short period, I was unable to continue working due to my injuries. I loved my job and always worked hard. Not being able to work made me feel useless, weak and not a part of society. Enjoyment of my life disappeared.
I had severe ongoing neck and back pain that ICBC said were “only minor injuries.” ICBC refused to settle for a reasonable amount, which forced my lawyer to “build up my case,” getting opinions from many doctors just to prove that my injuries were “not minor.” ICBC also refused to pay “care” disability benefits.
By delaying the settlement, I would estimate it cost the system $100,000 or more. And the NDP have the nerve to blame victims’ lawyers! Even after the settlement, ICBC delayed processing the settlement cheque by months.
The NDP must stop blaming others and take responsibility for the costs caused by ICBC’s conduct.
Kent Westhora, Abbotsford
Electric vehicles are great
I read Jorgan Hansen’s letter to the editor last Tuesday about electric vehicle adoption in B.C. and must counter some of his points.
First, he feels the electrical grid is not up to supplying a large increase in electric cars. I have been participating in a B.C. Hydro program that controls when my car charges to minimize the load on the grid, and I don’t even notice this activity.
Second, the incentive program has helped subsidize the rapid evolution of electric cars. For the same price I paid five years ago, you can now purchase a vehicle that goes three times the distance. The program will not be needed in a few more years as electric cars will be the same price and eventually less expense then gas-powered vehicles.
As a bonus, electric cars are a lot more fun to drive.
Paul Paterson, North Vancouver
Carbon cuts are dumb
Re: Canada’s tiny contribution to world greenhouse gas emissions.
Wonderful! So we kill our economy, lower my standard of living and destroy my retirement plans to reduce a minuscule amount of “pollution” by half and the rest of the industrialized world laughs all the way to the bank.
Canadian oil is sold at a deep discount to the U.S. because of the anti-pipeline activists while we reduce our carbon footprint by less than one per cent of the planet’s total. McDonald’s is a bigger polluter, I bet, and I don’t see meat production on the chopping block.
Andrew Davidson, Surrey
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