Treatment following a Car Accident
Injury & Your Mental Health
If you have been physically injured or are suffering emotionally as a result of a Motor Vehicle Accident in British Columbia, you likely are eligible for free counselling. It used to difficult for clients to get the treatment they needed; they would require a doctor’s note for counselling to be covered and sometimes this would involve a lengthy approval process for treatment. Usually I wouldn’t see these individuals in my office until months or even years after their accident. These sorts of delays would often cause their mental health and emotional state to deteriorate significantly, in the form of intense anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship changes, self-esteem issues, and many other issues.
Changes to ICBC’s Care Model
Luckily, ICBC has recently adopted a more client-centered care model, which will allow people to get the treatment they need, when they need it.
As of April 1st 2019, if you are in a car accident, regardless of fault, you will be entitled to 12 pre-approved sessions within the first 12 weeks following an accident. So if this has happened to you, and you feel that your physical and mental health, lifestyle, or relationships are suffering as a result, connect with care providers as soon as possible.