November 10, 2018 10:31 pm
Updated: November 10, 2018 11:37 pm

ICBC overhaul: ‘No such thing as a minor brain injury’ warns advocate

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New changes to ICBC are being touted by B.C.’s NDP government as a way to save the money-losing insurer a billion dollars a year, but a B.C. health advocate says the new regulations will bring challenges to some head injury victims.

“We’ve come to the realization that there is no such thing as a minor brain injury” says Geoffrey Sing, chair of the British Columbia Brain Injury Association.

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One of the new changes would reclassify mild concussions as minor injuries, likely capping pain and suffering awards at $5,500.

Sing says the move is overly broad given the huge range of outcomes with head injuries and concussions.

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He points out that major sports leagues have been going the opposite way on concussions recent years, emphasizing the seriousness of concussions and putting players on “concussion protocol” after a dangerous hit to the head.

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Global News has made multiple requests for an interview with Attorney General David Eby, who oversees ICBC.

He has been unavailable since the announcement was made Friday.

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