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Capping ICBC payouts isn't the answer, says advocacy group

Last Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 11:41 am PST

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Summary

AG David Eby says capping ICBC payouts could be a way to reduce the blow from losses projected to hit $1.3B

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The idea of capping ICBC payouts to people with minor injuries from a car crash is not welcomed by a group fighting for the rights of accident victims.

Attorney General David Eby says doing so could be a way to reduce the blow from losses projected to hit $1.3 billion at the Crown corporation.

“The government has spoken about minor injuries — lumping all sorts of soft-tissue injuries, from shoulder injuries to neck injuries to lower back injuries — into one category,” says Louise Craig, a physiotherapist who speaks for the group R.O.A.D B.C.

She fears a one-size-fits-all approach would limit the care patients can access.

“I think it will reduce the outcomes for those people, in terms of their productivity and returning to to work — and also their quality of life, from dealing with long-term problems that can arise from that approach.”

Eby many solutions need to be considered to put out what he calls a ‘dumpster fire’ of a financial situation at ICBC.