I've been injured in a car accident, now what?
One inherent risk of driving on our roads is the possibility of having an accident. Although they happen daily, the majority of people do not end up with injuries that require treatment. However, if there are aches and pains that do not appear to be resolving or improving week to week, or if you’re having difficulty returning to work and other activities of daily living, it’s best to seek out a care plan from a rehabilitation professional.
There have been several recent landmark changes to ICBC’s health coverage for those injured in a motor vehicle accident no matter who is at fault. There is now treatment coverage that is pre-approved for all the following services for 12 weeks post accident: Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Counselling, Psychology, Kinesiology, and Acupuncture. Importantly there is no longer a user-fee to access these allied health professionals, meaning, there is absolutely no cost to those injured in the accident.
You do not need a referral for these services, you can access them directly. What this really means is that it will take you less time to find a practitioner who can go through a thorough examination with you, determine a diagnosis, and most importantly a plan of care. During your session, you can expect to be provided education, advice, and movement strategies to get your injury on the path to recovery. Many of these injuries have a two to three-month recovery timelines, so patience, perseverance, and a bit of work is to be expected. Nonetheless, it is now easier than ever to access the services you need to reach your goals.
By Sean Overin, Physiotherapist