A young man falls asleep at the wheel while driving home after a night of drinking. He crashes into a ditch and is paralyzed. The Vancouver Sun reports that his employer provided him with the alcohol which he drank in front of his supervisors.

He sued his employer and the Court ruled that the employer was 75% liable for the young man’s injuries. The Court found that if an employee serves alcohol to an employee while at work, the employer has a duty to monitor the employee’s alcohol consumption.

Have the happiest of holidays!

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Every two weeks a child dies from a TV tipping over onto them. Every 45 minutes a child is admitted to the hospital for treatment from injuries suffered from a falling TV. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that more than 25,000 children are injured every year from tip-overs. And from 2000-2011, nearly 350 kids died from falling televisions.

Slater Vecchio and UBC Law are pleased to announce that Shashika Stanislaus is the first recipient of the Slater Vecchio LLP Trial Advocacy Entrance Award.

The $15,000 Slater Vecchio award is given to a first year JD law student entering the fall semester. It’s the first of its kind offered by a personal injury firm.

Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Ontario, says aggressive checking should be banned from minor hockey. The study shows that “brain injuries like concussions often result from aggressive body checking and account for 15% of all injuries to players aged nine to 16.”

Dr. Cusimano and his team looked at 18 studies that reviewed rule changes in minor hockey. These changes resulted in up to six fewer penalties taken per game along with a substantial reduction in injuries.

We are pleased to announce that Tony Vecchio, one of the founding partners of Slater Vecchio LLP, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond.

Thirty lawyers were appointed Queen’s Counsel this year. In congratulating all the appointees of this distinguished designation, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond stated, “All Queen’s Counsel appointees have demonstrated commitment and leadership in the legal profession. I’m confident that this year’s recipients will continue to be leaders in their fields and will build on their significant contributions to B.C.’s justice system.”

The Province reports that in the span of 24 hours, at least six pedestrians were struck by cars in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Five of the injured were taken to hospital, three in serious condition. Another four were hit the previous day crossing streets in Victoria. Two days earlier, two more pedestrians were killed in Vancouver, and one more in Prince Rupert from traffic accidents. That makes 13 pedestrian accidents in four days with three fatalities.

It’s December so weather conditions will continue to get worse. The Weather Network is forecasting for snow already this weekend in Vancouver. Avalanche and snowfall warnings have been issued for the local mountains and Sea-to-Sky highway.

It’s official. The tougher drunk driving laws that came into effect in September 2010 are working. CBC reports impaired driving deaths have been reduced by 46%. That’s 104 people alive today who could have died under the old drunk driving laws.

Just in time for the holidays, W.A.T.C.H., World Against Toys Causing Harm, has released their picks of worst toys for 2012. Among the biggest concerns for unsafe toys are choking hazards, magnets, and toxic toys. From 1990 – 2010, the U.S. Public Research Interest Group reports over 400 children dying from toy injuries, and over half of those result from choking. When buying toys for your children, always follow a safety checklist:

If you’re buying toys online this year, be extra cautious when those toys are delivered. Safety warning and recommended age of use can differ from the manufacturers and suppliers, so be sure to thoroughly inspect all toys for small parts and potential unlisted hazards.

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We’ve blogged about head injuries from soccer before, but a new study reinforces the need to be careful when playing. Repetitive hits to the head, such as those that occur when heading a soccer ball, can cause damage to the brain and change its white matter – even if the hit doesn’t cause a concussion.