Yearly Archives: 2011

Don’t Drink & Drive This Holiday Season

Less than a week to go until Christmas and the holiday season in is full force. But the extra good cheer also tends to bring a spike in car accidents related to drinking and driving. This season, let's hope the success of BC's new drinking and driving laws will carry through into the New Year.…
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Brainstreams.ca: Helping Real People with Real Lives

The Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference Society has launched Brainstreams.ca, a leading Canadian information and educational online resource. Brainstreams.ca helps meet the educational and social networking needs of the brain injury community throughout British Columbia and beyond. The site also seeks to increase awareness and prevention of brain injury. (more…)
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Court Says No to Fishing on Facebook, Twitter

The role of Facebook in BC Courtrooms is once again in the headlines. In Dosangh v. Leblanc and St. Paul’s Hospital, a woman is suing doctors and support staff for damages suffered during open heart surgery. The plaintiff says that preventable complications during the surgery caused a stroke that left her with permanent mental and…
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When Accident Strikes on the Mountain

In our last post, Nicole reviewed some basics of ski and snowboard safety. Now let's look at some ski and snowboard accidents that ended up in Court. In Kralik v. Mt. Seymour Resorts, a skier tries to clear some snow from the chairlift seat. He becomes entangled in the seat as it moves forward. He…
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Get Ready for Ski and Snowboard Season!

It's official. The snow is now falling on BC's coastal mountains. And another La Nina year means a forecast calling for greater than average snowfall. Skiers and snowboarders rejoice. Before hitting the slopes, I thought it wise to revisit some alpine safety sense. First and foremost: avoid head injuries. The most serious ski and snowboard…
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Protect Your Passengers!

Last post, Mike commented on the duty of care owed by drivers to protect their passengers. This duty is a central issue in BC Supreme Court Case Vedan v. Stevens. In this case, the driver of a pickup truck, Mr. Stevens, is leaving a campground to run an errand. He agrees to give four children…
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Buckle Up!

Do you always ensure that your passengers are wearing a seat belt? If not, you may be at fault for your passenger's injuries in the case of an accident. Vehicle occupants owe a duty of care to put on their own seat belts. But in some situations, the responsibility falls on the driver - as is…
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Running a Yellow Light Won’t Get You Ahead

J.A.'s recent post reminds us that when a light turns yellow, you must stop so long as it's safe to do so. BC Supreme Court case Henry v. Bennett gives us another example of why not to run a yellow light. In this case, Ms. Bennett is stopped patiently in a left turn lane waiting…
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