Traditional vs. Non-traditional Medicine

Experts like acupuncturists, Chinese medicine specialists or chiropractors have very little influence in how ICBC view the injury severity

Although you may believe in the benefits of non-traditional medicine these types of experts do not assist significantly in advancing your ICBC claim from a dollar and cents perspective. The reason being, ICBC often puts very little weight on what a non-traditional medicine expert may say about the injuries. This is unfortunate since these sorts of non-traditional experts are sometimes in the best position to accurately describe your injuries.

Rather, family doctors and other specialists in traditional medical disciplines carry the day with ICBC in terms of providing opinions on your injuries.  Unfortunately, experts like acupuncturists, Chinese medicine specialists or chiropractors have very little influence in how ICBC view the injury severity.

The reason for this trend stems from judgments in the Court. The Courts place the most emphasis on the opinions of traditional medicine experts.  There is also reluctance by the Court to admit into evidence, expert opinion evidence from non-traditional medicine experts.

Therefore, if you want to maximize the recovery from ICBC, it’s very important to regularly see a physician in traditional medicine, such as your family doctor, or a specialist to whom you are referred to by your family doctor.  These are the types of experts that will provide the necessary expert opinion evidence to prove your injury claim not your Chinese medicine specialist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc.

If you believe in non-traditional medicine, as a method of helping you in your recovery, then continue with that treatment but it is still advisable to keep traditional medicine doctors involved in your care. This involvement can be limited to the point of making sure that they are recording your complaints on a regular basis and can be called upon to support your injury claim in the form of an expert opinion report.