Sexual Dysfunction as a Result of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Sexual dysfunction is something that can occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents.  There are the more obvious situations where someone suffers a catastrophic injury in a car accident, such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, or a direct injury to the sexual organs.    However sexual dysfunction can also arise in situations which are less apparent – back injuries, chronic pain cases, and psychological injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety.

ICBC Considerations

Under ICBC’s no fault plan (Part 7 Benefits), ICBC may have to pay for medications and therapies to assist with sexual dysfunction, if it can be shown that this issue is a direct result of a motor vehicle accident.   Practically speaking, however, ICBC rarely pays for medications or therapies for this problem under Part 7, unless it is a more obvious case like quadriplegia, paraplegia, or a direct injury to the sexual organs.

That said, if sexual dysfunction can be shown as being caused by a car accident, and there is evidence of the type of medications and/or therapies that are needed to either correct the problem or lessen it, than the costs of these can be sought against the driver of the vehicle who caused the motor vehicle accident.

Sexual dysfunction will also play a factor in the assessment of pain and suffering.   If a person injured in an automobile accident can show a sexual dysfunction caused by the negligence of another driver, then they are entitled to an increased award for pain and suffering to compensate them for this.

This type of injury is not often discussed, as people that suffer from it are uncomfortable with talking about it.   If you think you have a sexual dysfunction as a result of a car accident, it is important that you report this problem to your family doctor as soon as possible, and tell your lawyer about it as well.    This advice generally applies to all problems you feel you may be experiencing from a motor vehicle accident.