November 18, 2022
A Surrey, B.C senior injured when his car was hit by a stolen vehicle was interviewed by Global News about the impact of ICBC’s “no-fault” policy on getting fair compensation for his injuries.
According to Global News, Keith Colpitts, 73, suffered broken ribs, multiple contusions and other injuries when a stolen Mercedes ran a red light and smashed into his car last October 21st, 2022.
In addition to coping with his injuries and trauma from the crash, Mr. Colpitts is simultaneously dealing with cardiac issues and a battle with cancer. During the interview, he mentioned he was forced to postpone some of his cancer treatments due to his hospitalization after the accident.
He explained that he was told by ICBC that under the “no-fault” policy they (ICBC) don’t allow anything for pain and suffering and that he would receive medical expenses coverage but no other compensation. While coverage has since been approved for a claim for repairs to his car, Mr. Colpitts remains deeply concerned about his health and his financial situation.
Murphy Battista LLP trial lawyer, Bill Dick, K.C., current President of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., commented on the situation as follows:
“This new system has effectively taken away lawyers and taken away advocates to help them navigate through the system. So, they’re really left to the devices of ICBC telling them effectively what kind of compensation they should receive.”
Watch the complete video interview below.
Read additional news coverage of the case HERE.