It’s that time of year again, ICBC has released their Statements and Schedules of Financial Information for 2009. (You can click here, here and here to read my previous 3 installments addressing this topic)
This annual report contains a lot of interesting information. None more so than the billings of “Suppliers of Goods and Services“. Some of the Suppliers of Goods and Services are Lawyers and Doctors. If you browse through this annual report you can see just how much any given lawfirm or doctor has been paid by ICBC in the 2009 Calendar Year.
ICBC routinely uses the services of a handful of doctors. A quick look through this data reveals just how profitable the “Independent Medical Examination” business really can be.
Another provider of ’services’ revealed in these financial statements are law firms who do ICBC defence work. I have previously posted that some lawfirms and lawyers work both sides of the fence, that is on some cases they work for ICBC and in other cases they work for injured plaintiff’s suing someone insured by ICBC. According to the BC Law Society there is nothing wrong with this but these lawyers need to let their clients know if they signed the ICBC defence contract (known as the SAA) which restricts the lawyers ability to make claims against ICBC. This is required so clients can make an informed decision when choosing to hire their lawyer.
If you hired a lawyer to advance your ICBC injury claim and are curious if your lawyer also works for ICBC you can check these annual reports to see just how much money any given lawfirm is paid by ICBC in each calendar year.