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James Richards

About James Richards

James Richards has been with Slater Vecchio since 1999 and became a partner in 2007. James practices in the area of Personal Injury, focusing on cases involving traumatic brain injury (TBI)

The “Citizen Cyclists” of Copenhagen
Denmark is known for its progressive urban planning, architecture and design. In the capital city of Copenhagen the cycling culture is everywhere. The city has over 390 km of designated bike lanes and 41% of its population identifies cycling as their primary mode of transportation. Mikael Colville-Anderson, a Danish-Canadian urban designer and urban mobility expert,…
Brain Injuries Alter Teens’ Behaviour
A new study found that teens who have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury(TBI) are more likely to have harmful behaviours such as smoking cigarettes and contemplating suicide. “Many harmful behaviours in adolescence can be precursors to addiction and mental health issues later in life,” said Dr. Robert Mann, a senior scientist at the…
Slow Down and Increase Attention this Autumn and Winter
Thanksgiving weekend is known as one of the worst for road fatalities. This year, at least ten people are dead from car collisions and crashes in BC. According to ICBC, the average number for deaths is just three. Rainy weather conditions were largely responsible for this year’s increase of fatalities.“With the summer that we had,…
Q&A with Powell River Brain Injury Society Executive Director Deborah Dee: The Garden Project
Slater Vecchio is a proud supporter of the Powell River Brain Injury Society and we have been excited to watch the development of their garden project this past year. I had the opportunity to ask Deborah Dee, Executive Director of the Powell River Brain Injury Society, a series of questions on the development of the garden project…
Vancouver’s ‘Bikability’
Cycling in Cities is a research program at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population & Public Health. The goal of the program is to create useful tools for policy-makers, planners, and the public to evaluate the “bikability” of their city. Included in the research program is the BICE Study  that looks closely at…
Calling All TLABC Members!
We’re donating to the BC Burn Fund Centre. Will you? Last month, we wrote about the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, hoping to draw attention to the great things they’re doing for people across the province. The group has plans to begin construction of a Main Street Burn Centre to help fill a critical…
Sweden’s Vision Zero to Eliminate Traffic Fatalities
Vision Zero is Sweden’s plan for road safety. It’s built on the idea that no loss of life is acceptable. In 1997, Swedish parliament made Vision Zero a part of the country’s law, promising to eliminate road fatalities and injuries altogether. "We simply do not accept any deaths or injuries on our roads," says Hans…
TBI Linked to Mental Health Problems in Teens
New research has found that teenagers who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied, and seeking help for mental health issues. They are also more likely to become bullies, take medication for anxiety and/or depression, or engage in antisocial behaviour. Neuropsychologist and lead researcher Gabriela Ilie…
Planning a Garage Sale? Know Your Legal Responsibilities
Did you know that anyone holding a garage sale is legally responsible to ensure that products being sold, whether new or used, meet regulatory safety standards? The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) protects us from potentially dangerous consumer goods. The Act does not distinguish between new and used products. So anyone who sells, distributes, or even…