From Accident to MRI: Why You Need To Be Scanned

If you’re considering an insurance claim after an injury or accident, an MRI scan is an excellent option as a diagnostic tool. MRI scans provide an objective assessment of injury that is readily accepted in a court of law.

Whether you are the plaintiff or defendant, MRI scans are universally accepted as a solid form of evidence. While more common in the U.S. due to the accessibility of MRI machines, both the insurance industry and courts in B.C. accept MRI tests as “objective and reliable,” says Vancouver lawyer, Todd Cherniak.

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MRI is an extremely sensitive and specific tool used to assess injury or damage to soft tissue and bony structures. It is recognized as a reliable way to diagnose abnormalities in the brain, spine discs and nerves, as well as joint and muscle problems that may not be detectable using other diagnostic methods.

While the wait times for MRIs in the public health care system may be long, the Canada Health Act allows patients to seek private service for an MRI.

A positive finding of injury on an MRI scan will support the patient in their next steps, whether it be surgery or a specialist’s care. In the event of a court case or insurance claim, an MRI also greatly assists the patient’s lawyer in seeking proper compensation for the injury.

Exams showing no injury also have an upside —they can reassure a patient and give both patient and lawyer the confidence to resolve their case at an early stage.

Utilizing MRI as an objective form of evidence of injury can benefit anyone who has been injured or involved in an accident. For questions about litigation MRI, visit Canadian Magnetic Imaging’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter, call them at 604-733-5563 or visit their location at 18 – 3195 Granville Street in Vancouver. 

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